The CBI on Friday approached the Supreme Court against Uttar Pradesh minister Balram Singh Yadav, also a close aide of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, to prosecute him in the 1996 multi-crore Ayurveda scam.
The investigating agency moved the apex court challenging the Allahabad High Court order of quashing criminal proceeding against Yadav who was the state's health minister at the time of the scam.
The high court had last year quashed the proceedings against Yadav, at present Panchyati Raj minister, saying that proper sanction was not taken from the competent authority to prosecute him.
Agreeing to hear the CBI's appeal, a bench of justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad issued notice to Yadav.
The Ayurveda scam running into crores of rupees came into light in 1996. The probe was entrusted to CBI, which named 106 people as accused in the charge sheet including Yadav.
The trial before the special court began in 2001, but a number of accused approached the high court, which granted them stay.