Looking into whether a court-monitored probe is required into allegations of financial swindling,corruption and irregularities in procurement of crucial equipment by technical intelligence wing National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO),the Supreme Court on Monday directed the government to place on record a special CAG report detailing the defence purchases.
The government has to submit the auditors report by March 19,the next date of hearing fixed by a Bench of Justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad hearing a petition filed by V K Mittal,a senior scientist who had pioneered the formation of the NTRO but later pulled out after being disgusted by the agencys functioning.
Mittal had approached the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court on April 16,2011 refused to take any positive action,leaving it to the CAG to proceed in accordance with law.
In August last year,a Bench led by Justice (retd) R V Raveendran had issued notices to the Union of India through the Prime Ministers Office,the Central Vigilance Commission,the NTRO through its chairman and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
The CAG had exposed the alleged irregularities involving top NTRO bosses in a special audit report tagged for the first time by the government as top secret.
The NTRO,created in 2004 under PMO,essentially deals with missile monitoring,satellite and airborne imagery,cyber patrolling and security,cyber offensive operations,communication support systems as well as cryptology.
Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against some of the officers of NTRO without appreciating the fact that the misdeeds of those officers clearly warrant initiation of criminal proceedings,also of which there is no mention in the status report, Mittal had alleged in his petition.