SC notice to CBI on Pappu Yadav's bail plea
The notices were issued by a bench challenging a Patna High Court order declining him bail in the case.india Updated: May 11, 2006 12:29 IST
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the CBI and Bihar government on a petition filed by controversial RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav seeking bail in the Ajit Sarkar murder case.
The notices were issued by a bench comprising Justice SB Sinha and Justice PK Balasubramanyan on Yadav's petition challenging a Patna High Court order declining him bail in the case.
In his special leave petition, Yadav pointed out that the apex court had on October 3 last year directed that important witnesses in the case be examined within four months and the trial be completed within six months.
However, the special CBI court failed to complete the trial in accordance with the apex court's direction and the High Court extended the time for completion of the trial by another six months.
Yadav's counsel said that High Court could not extended the time-frame when it was fixed by the apex court. He also pointed out that the testimony of eight CBI witnesses, including two magistrates and investigating officers, were yet to be recorded.