Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Narada tapes-SC allows CBI probe, rejects govt plea

Calling it a “rarest of rare case” where “very powerful politicians are allegedly involved”, the Supreme Court Tuesday approved a CBI probe into the Narada News sting operation, purportedly showing several senior Trinamool Congress leaders taking bribes. The court gave the agency one month to complete its preliminary enquiry. A bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar shot down a plea by senior TMC leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Saugata Roy, who wanted a stay on the Calcutta High Court order of March 17 that had given the CBI 72 hours to conclude the preliminary enquiry into what it called a case of “serious and cognisable offence”.
The TMC leaders had contended that a probe by the CBI, which was “under the Central government”, was as good as “throwing them before a lion”, and that the apex court should rather set up a special investigation team and monitor the matter. Senior lawyers Kapil Sibal, A M Singhvi and Sidharth Luthra, appearing for the politicians, also questioned why the CBI had been engaged to probe when the local police could also do it and that the agency must come in the picture only in the rarest of the rare case.

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