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SC rejects PIL on Quattrocchi controversy

The SC declined an urgent hearing to the petition challenging Govt's stand to defreeze bank accounts of Quattrocchi.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 19:26 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday declined an urgent hearing to the petition challenging Government's stand before the British authorities to defreeze bank accounts of Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi.

When a plea was made by advocate Ajay Agarwal during the mentioning hour for early hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice YK Sabharwal, he was directed to fulfil the technicalities in this regard.

The petition, which was filed on Thursday with the registry, was yet to be alloted a diary number.

"First get the petition registered and listed in the mentioning list," the bench said and even warned him not to refer to the newspaper reports when the counsel orally wanted to apprise the court of an incident which has evoked a political controversy.

He reminded the bench that a petition filed by him challenging the High Court verdict discharging Europe-based Hinduja brothers in the case has been admitted by the apex court.

However, this did not impress the bench and he was asked to complete technicalities required for hearing a petition.

The petition filed by Agarwal has quoted Law Minister HR Bhardwaj virtually giving a clean chit to Quattrocchi saying that CBI has no evidence against the Italian businessman and "therefore the law officer (Additional Solicitor General B Dutta) was sent to London with a request for defreezing of accounts".

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 19:26 IST