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SC dismisses PIL seeking SIT probe in PNB fraud, says ‘unwarranted assertions’ made against PM

PNB scam: The bench also rejected the lawyer's plea that he should be allowed to file the petition again by deleting the names of the top political functionaries.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 3, 2018 8:17:47 pm
PNB fraud case, nirav modi Opposing the petition, Attorney General K K Venugopal said it was a “Publicity Interest Litigation”.

Dismissing a PIL seeking a court-monitored probe into various financial scams, including the PNB fraud case, the Supreme Court Tuesday observed that “unwarranted and vexatious assertions” have been made against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister in the petition.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra expressed strong displeasure over the allegations made in the petition against the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister. “In view of the unwarranted, uncalled for and vexatious assertions made in the petition, we are not inclined to entertain this petition. The petition is dismissed,” the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

Opposing the petition, Attorney General K K Venugopal said it was a “Publicity Interest Litigation”. He alleged that various unfounded and baseless allegations have been levelled against the two top government leaders.

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The PIL, which was filed by advocate M L Sharma, had sought a court-monitored SIT probe into the big financial scams including the PNB frauds case that have taken place in the past. He had alleged that no banks would release huge funds without the intervention of the political leadership.

The bench also rejected the lawyer’s plea that he should be allowed to file the petition again by deleting the names of the top political functionaries.

With PTI inputs

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