Theme park: CBI adjourns hearing to May 23
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Vimal Kumar adjourned the hearing of arguments on the application filed by the complainant, seeking case diaries, in the ongoing theme-cum-amusement park case to May 23.chandigarh Updated: May 14, 2013 23:10 IST
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Vimal Kumar adjourned the hearing of arguments on the application filed by the complainant, seeking case diaries, in the ongoing theme-cum-amusement park case to May 23.
Challenging the CBI's refusal to provide case diary and statements of those named in the case recorded during investigations, complainant Vivek Aditya submitted that he was entitled to get the copies.
The contention was strongly opposed by both CBI public prosecutor and counsel for former UT adviser Lalit Sharma. The court during the resumed hearing witnessed heated arguments on the application filed by Aditya.
“The CBI had earlier provided investigation-related documents and various other documents under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. I urged the court to allow the application to provide me copies of the case diary and other documents, as it had the power to direct the CBI,” said Aditya, while talking to HT.
The CBI had already declined providing copy of the case diary and statements to him, saying that there were no provisions that these documents could be supplied to him.
The scam first came to the light after Aditya had filed a series of complaints with the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) pertaining to the allotment of multi-crore amusement-cum-theme park project.
The central investigation agency had filed a closure report saying that there was no evidence against former top UT bureaucrats regarding the alleged corruption in the project.
This was the second time that the CBI filed a closure report in the case. Earlier, the court had rejected the closure report filed by the CBI.
The first CBI closure report was rejected by the court on May 18, 2012. A fresh probe was ordered on August 30, 2012. The closure report submitted by the CBI stated that the agency had already recommended and written to the ministry of home affairs, recommending action against the then UT home secretary Krishna Mohan and the then IT director Vivek Attray for alleged departmental lapses.
The scam also brought out the names of former UT adviser Lalit Sharma and Unitech Limited managing director Ajay Chandra.
All four accused were booked on the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, destruction of evidence and corruption by the CBI. There were allegations that top UT bureaucrats, in connivance with Unitech Limited, indulged in criminal conspiracy and awarded 73.65 acres in Sarangpur village to the firm at a fixed annual licence fee of Rs 5.5 crore and 1.1% revenue sharing.