High Court questions CBI’s delay

Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday pulled up the CBI for its “silence” in not conveying its “conclusion” in the teachers’ recruitment scam.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 16, 2012 1:21 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday pulled up the CBI for its “silence” in not conveying its “conclusion” in the teachers’ recruitment scam.

During the resumed hearing of a PIL,filed by one Karamjit Singh who sought a CBI probe into the scam,the High Court questioned the agency as to why it did not inform the court of its investigation when the bench was trying to find out whether criminal culpability was made out in the case or not.

While the High Court was hearing the matter to decide as to whether criminal culpability was made out,the CBI had already conducted an investigation and reached a conclusion. But the CBI conveyed its conclusion to the High Court on May 3,2011,saying though “procedural irregularities” were found,no criminal culpability was made out.

Senior lawyer R S Cheema,the amicus curiae in the case,demanded registration of a fresh FIR by the CBI. An FIR was registered by the Chandigarh Police which had booked two persons in the scam. The scam allegedly involves the then director public instructions (DPI) Samwartak Singh,whose counsel opposed the demand for registration of a case by the CBI.

Cheema had submitted three reports in a sealed cover,blaming the Chandigarh Police for not investigating the scam in a “competent,comprehensive and impartial manner”.

However,senior standing counsel for UT Administration Sanjay Kaushal requested the court not to hand over the investigation of the case to the CBI,and submitted that a senior officer of Chandigarh Police might be directed to further investigate the case.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover reserved orders over the PIL.

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