The Delhi High Court on Thursday appointed an amicus curiae to assist it on the “maintainability” of a petition levelling charges of criminal misconduct and corruption against Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also discharged NGO Common Cause, which had filed a public interest litigation seeking direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the directorate general of income tax to initiate an investigation under the court’s supervision into the allegations of money laundering and corruption against Virbhadra.
The court’s order came after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Virbhadra, objected to the maintainability of the PIL, saying the chief minister had imputed “motive” on lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who represents the petitioner.
The court observed in its order: “Though senior counsel for the petitioner (the NGO) has refuted that the present petition is a result of the animosity between its member and Virbhadra Singh and has sought to highlight the distinction between the member and the petitioner, but the senior counsel for Singh has drawn attention to the initial complaint and argued that the same was not by the petitioner but by the said member and has contended that only the name of the petitioner is used to settle personal score of the said member of the petitioner.
The matter was posted for further consideration to May 14.