HC judge in Chhattisgarh scam trial in touch with accused, ED informs Supreme Court | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: As the Enforcement Directorate and Chhattisgarh are at loggerheads in the Supreme Court over the trial in the Nagrik Apurti Nigam scam with both claiming to have shocking information, including that of a sitting HC judge who was in touch with the accused, as alleged by the ED, the court allowed both to file their reports in sealed envelopes which would be perused by it.
Although a bench of Chief Justice U U Lalit and Justices Ajay Rastogi and S Ravindra Bhat said that the state police was competent to probe the case but solicitor general Tushar Mehta pleaded the bench to go through the material filed by the ED. Mehta said that the material contained shocking details about the involvement of powerful people and if that comes into the public domain then common people would feel ashamed of them. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal said that the state government would also like to file a report in a sealed envelope before the court.
Free and fair trial not possible in Chhattisgarh: ED
Appearing for the ED in the Chhattisgarh Nagrik Apurti Nigam scam case in Supreme Court, solicitor general Tushar Mehta said the material filed by the agency with the court contained shocking details about the involvement of powerful people and if that comes into the public domain, then common people would feel ashamed of them. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the state, said the state government had also much to say in the case and it would like to file a report in a sealed envelope before the court. The bench of CJI UU Lalit and Justices Ajay Rastogi and S Ravindra Bhat allowed both parties to file confidential reports and adjourned the hearing.
The ED, probing the money laundering aspect of the PDS scam in Chhattisgarh, earlier informed the court that the chief minister, members of the SIT, and a top law officer had allegedly weakened the case against two senior bureaucrats involved in embezzlement of crores of rupees in the purchase and transportation of foodgrains.
Seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail to the bureaucrats — former MD of Nagrik Apurti Nigam (Public Distribution Corporation) Anil Kumar Tuteja and ex-chairman of the corporation Alok Shukla — the ED said after the high court granted anticipatory bail in August last year, 72 witnesses have resiled from their statements and have turned hostile and submitted that a free and fair trial was not possible in the state.





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