PF scam: judge seeks faster probe

A district judge of Uttar Pradesh,who came under the scanner in the PF scam,approached the Supreme Court...

Written by Tannu Sharma | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2009 11:59 pm

A district judge of Uttar Pradesh,who came under the scanner in the PF scam,approached the Supreme Court on Friday “complaining” of the snail’s pace of the CBI probe into the matter because of which,he contended,his chances of elevation to the High Court may suffer.

Seeking directions to speed up the probe,District Judge Subhash Chander informed the Bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat that he has just one year and two months left for superannuation. Claiming “33 years of impeccable and blemish-free record of judicial service”,the senior-most district judge in the state urged the apex court “to direct the CBI to complete the investigations expeditiously so that his name is cleared and could be considered for elevation to the Allahabad HC”.

After senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi sought a direction on the judge’s behalf,Solicitor General G E Vahanvati too conceded that this is also true for several other judicial officers allegedly involved in the scam. No incriminating evidence has been found against them,he said.

The Bench,also comprising Justices V S Sirpurkar and G S Singhvi,allowed the CBI to file a report elaborating about officers and judges against whom no evidence was found despite interrogation,paving the way for a majority of the judges getting a clean chit.

Names of 34 judges,including an SC judge,seven Allahabad HC judges,six retired HC judges and 12 judges of the subordinate judiciary in UP had cropped up in connection with the scam.

Asking the CBI to file its third status report by March 31,the Court posted the matter for further hearing on April 1.

Earlier,the Solicitor General,while placing the CBI’s second report before the Bench in a sealed cover,also sought a direction to transfer the case from Ghaziabad to Delhi on the ground that it would aid the agency to expedite the probe.

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