A real estate developer who allegedly benefited from the sealing orders passed by former Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal during his tenure, returned the favour with an investment of Rs 1.5 crore in the company owned by Sabharwal's sons, the CBI has concluded in its status report.
In its detailed report provided to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), the investigating agency has stated that its conclusion was based on the report received from the Income Tax (IT) department.
The CVC has made the CBI status report against Justice Sabharwal in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query from Delhi-based activist, Subhash Chandra Agrawal.
Of the six main allegations levelled by the judicial accountability activists, the CBI has referred two of them to the IT department for further action and has filed a chargesheet in the Noida plot allotment case in the Ghaziabad special court.The CBI, which had earlier refused to furnish information under RTI, has also stated that it since it had taken a decision regarding each of the allegations "hence no actions remain to be taken on the complaint."
In a point-wise reply to the complaint filed by lawyer Prashant Bhushan, the CBI has pointed out that it did not have the powers to probe the alleged linkages between the judicial decisions of a judge with the business transactions of his sons.
On the charge that a real estate developer gratified his sons by investing in their company, the CBI stated : “The matter was referred to the Income Tax department and the investment of R1.5 crore was established. Funds for investment by Pawan and Chetan Sabharwal arranged by withdrawal from the bank.”
On the issue of allotment of a residential plot for the daughter-in-law of Justice Sabharwal in Noida in 2005, the CBI has stated that a chargesheet had been filed.
The IT authorities have also been asked to follow-up on how a loan of R14.92 crore was raised to purchase property in Maharani Bagh.