A Delhi court pulled up the CBI on Wednesday for filing an incomplete reply on a plea filed by Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in a case of alleged forgery of a letter sent to the then Prime Minister.
Tytler, who is chargesheeted along with controversial businessman Abhishek Verma, had filed a plea seeking documents relating to the case. In its reply, the CBI said that it had filed certain documents before the court in a sealed cover but the judge noted that no such documents was filed by the agency.
The CBI prosecutor told the court these documents have been filed in a sealed cover before another court in connection with a separate case lodged under the Official Secrets Act.
To which, the judge asked, “Why have you not written this in your reply? It should be specified in the reply.”
The defence counsel argued that the court must impose the ‘cost on CBI’ for the filing an incomplete reply. He added that the CBI should file a fresh reply to Tytler’s plea.
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The court has asked the agency to file a reply to the application under Section 207 of the CrPC. The court has also asked the CBI to file a reply clarifying the position as regard to the documents filed in “sealed cover”.
The Delhi court in September last year had taken cognisance of CBI’s chargesheet — which was filed on a complaint by then Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken — that a forged letter on his letterhead was written to the then Prime Minister by Verma seeking easing of visa norms for business purposes in 2009.
The agency has alleged that Tytler connived with Verma to cheat a Chinese telecom firm and that he had shown a “fake and forged” letter to the company officials – claiming it was written by Maken to the PM.
Tytler and Verma have been chargesheeted for the offence of attempting to cheat under the IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. The court granted bail to Tylter after he appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against him.