The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday stayed the recommendation of the Haryana Lokayukta against five former Haryana legislators involved in alleged change of land use (CLU) case.
The court was hearing petitions filed by former Haryana legislators against whom the Lokayukta had suggested registration of FIR.
These five former MLAs are Rao Narender Singh, a health minister in the previous Congress government, Vinod Bhayana, a chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Naresh Selwal, Ram Niwas Ghorela and Jarnail Singh.
The petitioners argued that the Lokayukta failed to inquire the matter within oneyear period as mandated by the law and that the original device used for the recordings (recorder and later computer hard disc for making CD) were not sent for forensic examination and CDs as supplied by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) were put to forensic tests, which became basis of the Lokayukta order.
It has also been argued that the inquiry officer did not associate the accused persons in the inquiry.
The Lokayukta order also recorded that no money was exchanged in the controversy and when they sought a copy of forensic report, it was not supplied to them, are among other grounds taken by them.