Why AG spared in ICD case?
VIJAY SINGH lost the post of chief secretary in the ICD scam for ?keeping Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the dark? about filing of the controversial affidavit in the ICD scam exonerating IAS officer SR Mohanty, but Advocate General Ravi Nandan Singh has been spared though his role appears more dubious in the case.india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 15:51 IST
VIJAY SINGH lost the post of chief secretary in the ICD scam for “keeping Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the dark” about filing of the controversial affidavit in the ICD scam exonerating IAS officer SR Mohanty, but Advocate General Ravi Nandan Singh has been spared though his role appears more dubious in the case.
The AG, who had advised the State Government to hand over the ICD scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation two years ago, chose to stay away from the court when the GAD affidavit was filed.
What is more, he let his deputy Ravi Shankar Patel to appear in the court for both the GAD as well as the EOW despite knowing full well the contradictory stands of the two government organs. When contacted, R N Singh said the Additional Advocate General pleaded the case well.
On why he did not appear in the case himself, he said that because the case was marked to Additional Advocate General. Once the government's affidavit goof-up was exposed and heads of three bureaucrats, including those of CS Vijay Singh and GAD, PS Abha Asthana rolled, the Advocate General wrote on January 27 to the State Government, explaining his position vis-à-vis the case.
Singh contended he had told deputy secretary/ OIC that “reply is not required to be filed but even then he insisted and because of his insistence the reply was filed”.
The argument sounds bizarre, to say the least, given the sensitivity of the matter and the principled stand of the Bharatiya Janata Party Government.
Singh admitted to have done so without even informing the Chief Minister in this regard. “As it was a case of routine nature, Chief Minister was not briefed on the matter,” he told the Hindustan Times.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, the copy of which is possession of the Hindustan Times, the AG justified the action taken by him and his subordinates.
Interestingly, in the letter he termed the decision of the High Court as “laconic and arbitrary”. Incidentally, the judge, who ordered quashing of the First Information Report against Mohanty has also been shifted to Indore bench of High Court by the Chief Justice.
First Published: Feb 26, 2006 15:51 IST