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SC rejects probe demand on Kumaraswamy

CBI wants a probe into the alleged amassing of wealth by HD Kumaraswamy and his family members, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 18:02 IST

Expressing serious doubts over the bonafides of the petitioner, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL seeking a CBI probe against Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and his family members for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

A Bench of Chief Justice YK Sabharwal and Justice CK Thakker took strong exception to an advocate, AR Subhash, filing such a petition and imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on him.

"We have serious doubts about the bonafides of the petitioner who is a member of the legal fraternity. We are not concerned with the merit or demerit of the case. We are concerned with the bonafides of the person approaching this court by way of a PIL," the Bench said.

Observing that there was somebody else behind the petition, the court sought to know why can't such persons or political parties come to the court. "We can't permit them to fire from someone else's shoulder," it said.

On behalf of the petitioner, senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi submitted that since the material on record was authentic the petition may be adjourned and the court should examine it. But the court refused to oblige him.

Petitioner had enclosed voluminous material in the petition alleging that Kumaraswamy and his family members had amassed disproportionate assets to their known sources of income.

Contending that the chief minister was liable to be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Subhash had also demanded a CBI probe into the matter.


First Published: Nov 13, 2006 16:08 IST