Apex court pulls up district judge in PF scam
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought an explanation from Ghaziabad district judge V C Gupta for his alleged "interference in administration of justice" in connection with the PF Scam case. HT reportsUpdated: Aug 04, 2010, 23:41 IST
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought an explanation from Ghaziabad district judge V C Gupta for his alleged "interference in administration of justice" in connection with the PF Scam case.
"It is direct interference in the course of justice as it is monitored by us," the Bench said.
On behalf of the judge, advocate A K Srivastava denied the allegations but the court asked Gupta to respond to the allegations in four weeks.
In an affidavit filed in the apex court, CBI's head of Anti Corruption Branch, Ghaziabad Nirbhay Kumar had alleged that Gupta called CBI's senior public prosecutor to his chamber on July 26 and told the district government counsel of the local police to take back the CDs of the police in PF Scam from the CBI.
Attorney General G E Vahanvati told a three judge Bench headed by Justice D K Jain that when the CBI senior public prosecutor told the district judge that the case had been transferred to the CBI by the SC and the local police did not have any role in it, Gupta told the Ghaziabad police counsel to move an application to conduct another trial along with the CBI's.
The CBI alleged that the district judge also sought information about some private person who was given a clean chit by the CBI and asked the local police to raise the matter in court.
Vahanvati said the trial should be shifted out of Uttar Pradesh, preferably Delhi, the court also issued notices to the 70 accused.
But the court refused to make public the status report filed by the CBI on July 28 in the scam, involving dozens of judges of subordinate judiciary, Allahabad HC and a Supreme Court Judge (now retired).
"We have not yet closed the case. We will pass a final and detailed order. We will take note of your submission for making it public," the bench told petitioner's counsel Prashant Bhushan.
In its report submitted to the court last month, the CBI indicted a former SC judge Tarun Chatterjee along with 23 other sitting and retired judges of Allahabad high court and Uttar Pradesh lower courts for misdemeanour in the scam.
The CBI had said there was "no evidence" against 17 judges and lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute the remaining 24 judicial officers in the case. Six retired district judges have been named in CBI chargesheet.
The report about the 24 judges against whom there no prosecutable evidence was available has already been sent to Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.