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SC to hear CBI plea against Gauhati HC order

india Updated: Dec 06, 2013 14:53 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear CBI's plea challenging the Gauhati high court order declaring the agency as "unconstitutional".

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam issued notice on CBI's plea to the petitioner on whose plea the high court had delivered the verdict and asked him to file his response within four weeks.

The bench tagged the petition along with a plea which was earlier filed by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) challenging the November 6 verdict of the high court.

The apex court had earlier on November 9 stayed the operation of Gauhati HC verdict declaring the agency as "unconstitutional", saying accused in "sensational cases" have sought halting of criminal proceedings based on that judgment.

An urgent petition was filed by the DoPT, the nodal ministry for CBI, before a bench headed by the CJI which had heard the appeal at an extraordinary hearing at his residence.

The bench had rejected objections raised by the counsel for Navendra Kumar, on whose petition the high court had passed the verdict, that DoPT was not authorised to file the Special Leave Petition as it was not a party in the high court.

It had also rejected the arguments of Kumar's counsel that the Centre's plea was a "collusive petition" as, instead of the CBI and the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has been filed by the DoPT which was not a party in the high court.

A division bench of Gauhati HC had on November 6 quashed the April 1, 1963 Resolution constituting CBI under the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act, 1946 and declared all its actions unconstitutional.

It had passed the verdict on a writ petition filed by Kumar challenging an order by a single judge of the High Court in 2007 on the resolution through which CBI was set up.