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Delhi: Suspended IRS officer gets High Court reprieve after 18 years

In a 127-page order, the bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul set aside the sanction for prosecution granted by the government and the charges framed by the CBI against Aggarwal.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | Lucknow | Published: January 14, 2016 3:44 am

Eighteen years after he was suspended from the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and slapped with corruption cases by the CBI, Ashok Kumar Aggarwal Wednesday got relief from the Delhi High Court.

In a 127-page order, the bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul set aside the sanction for prosecution granted by the government and the charges framed by the CBI against Aggarwal.

The court also observed that the agency’s investigation against Aggarwal “smacks of intentional mischief”.

“… In my opinion it would be unfair, unjust and contrary to the interests of justice to expose the petitioner to another round of litigation and keep him on trial for an indefinitely long period,” held the bench.

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Aggarwal had held the position of deputy director of the Enforcement Directorate (Delhi zone), under the Ministry of Finance, during 1997-1998. The corruption cases were initiated after he started investigations into alleged Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violations by a businessman.

The bench held that the case “does not seem to be merely a case of faulty investigation but is seemingly an investigation coloured with motivation or an attempt to ensure that certain persons can go scot-free.”

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