Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati on Thursday complained to the Supreme Court that the Ghaziabad judge dealing with the provident fund scam allegedly involving judges was not cooperating in conducting the case.
“The trial judge in Ghaziabad is not very cooperative… they have even refused to record statements,” Vahanvati, who is assisting the court as amucus curiae (court’s friend) told a three-judge bench headed by Justice D.K. Jain during hearing of the case.
The Attorney General suggested that the case should be transferred to a special court in Delhi. Recalling the court’s last order to enquire from the Delhi High Court about availability of a CBI Judge to hear the matter in the national capital, he said the Registrar General had suggested the name of Special Judge V.K. Maheshwari.
Vahanvati had in the past said it would be better if the case was transferred to Delhi to keep it uninfluenced from the “heat and duct” of local politics.
The court was informed that report of DNA and viscera samples of Ashustosh Asthana, prime accused in the scam, would be available in another 10 days.
Asthana had died under mysterious circumstnaces in a Ghaziabad jail amidst suspicion that he had been poisoned.