Six judicial officers chargesheeted in the multi-crore Ghaziabad provident fund scam case on Thursday opposed the CBI plea in the Supreme Court for shifting the trial of the case from Ghaziabad to a special court in Delhi.
The judges, who have since retired, opposed the CBI's plea for transfer of the case on the ground of bad health, financial constraints and problem in travelling to Delhi.
Describing the case as "first of its kind" that has "shaken the foundation of judiciary", the CBI sought its transfer to Delhi apprehending interference by the accused in the administration of justice if it were tried in Ghaziabad district court.
"Justice should not only be done but it should seem to be done," attorney general GE Vahanvati submitted before a three-judge bench headed by justice DK Jain that reserved its orders on the probe agency's plea for transferring the case to Delhi.
Vahanvati said the strongest ground for the agency was that the Special Judge to hold the trial of the case in Ghaziabad court is likely to have worked with or was under the supervision of judicial officers chargesheeted in the case.
"The judge holding the case may be knowing them," he said adding that "it is the first case of its kind when judicial officers are directly involved".
The bench, however, discharged the notice against Ghaziabad district judge VC Gupta, accused by the CBI of interfering in the administration of justice in the case.