The Punjab and Haryana high court handed over the investigation into the 2009 UT teachers' cash for job recruitment scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation's Delhi branch on Friday.
A total of 536 teachers were recruited in the process in 2009.
A division bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover gave the orders on a petition filed by one Karamjit Singh of Chandigarh. The HC had reserved judgment in the case on March 15 after completion of arguments in the case.
The petitioner had sought directions for entrusting the enquiry into the case to the CBI, stating that there was less probability of fair and transparent investigation by UT police.
It was also contended that there was a strong probability of the involvement of the then UT DPI (Schools) Samvartak Singh and other employees of UT administration in the scam.
An FIR in the case was registered on September 9, 2009, against one Jolly and Hardev Singh at Chandigarh industrial area police station on the complaint of Kamalpreet Kaur of Kharar that the duo had allegedly demanded Rs 4 lakh from her for the job.
The division bench had raised several questions to CBI's Chandigarh branch for reasons behind the delay in submission of information to the court that the CBI had already investigated the case and decided in August 2010 that no case was made out.
During the final arguments in the case, amicus curiae and senior advocate RS Cheema had suggested that a fresh FIR be registered as a criminal case was made out as per his point of view.