The Supreme Court refused to interfere in the Uttarakhand High Court order directing a CBI investigation into the award of parking contract. In the Supreme Court, a bench of Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice Pankaj Mithal expressed surprise at the state government's petition. The petition challenging the order of CBI investigation is related to the state's irrigation department. The High Court had directed the CBI to investigate the award of parking contract.
Supreme Court confident of impartial CBI investigation
Refusing to interfere with the said order of the Uttarakhand High Court, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal filed by the Uttarakhand government. “We understand that the contractor is coming to the court, but we are surprised that the state government has filed an appeal against the High Court order,” the bench said. The court is confident that the CBI will conduct the investigation in an impartial manner without being influenced by the tentative observations made in the alleged impugned order passed by the bench of the High Court.
Strict comments on CBI in High Court's order
The top court said, after hearing the arguments of the Solicitor General and senior counsel appearing for the petitioners, the court finds no reason to interfere with the order directing investigation into the parking contract case through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Found. The Supreme Court said, "It is clear that the alleged impugned observations made in the High Court order are for the limited purpose of arriving at the conclusion that there is a need for investigation through the CBI. It is referred to the High Court on merits." shall not be construed as findings recorded from." In this case, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of the state government.
What did the court say on canceling the parking contract?
The top court was hearing the petition of Uttarakhand government. In this, the High Court's order of October 20, 2023 was challenged. In this, the parking contract given by the Irrigation Department was cancelled. The High Court had said that the contract was illegal and contrary to the tender conditions.
What did the High Court say about the CBI investigation?
This order of the High Court came on a petition in which the award of parking contract to a person on government land in Haridwar was challenged. The parking contract was given for 400 days in the first phase and then for 229 days in the second phase. A CBI inquiry was demanded in the matter citing deviation from the tender conditions for a total of 629 days. After hearing the arguments, the High Court said, "The Court is of the view that the conduct of the concerned officers, who appear to be in collusion with the two firms owned by the real brothers and the role of the said two firms deserves to be investigated by an independent investigating agency like the CBI.
What will be published on the pages of "Supreme Court Chronicle"
In another major development of the day, the Supreme Court has launched a unique initiative to showcase the legal work being done in the country's largest court and the achievements of the court. A monthly newsletter has been launched to provide information about court functioning. Announcing the publication, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said, the pages of “Supreme Court Chronicle” provide a glimpse into the history of the Court, an overview of key judgments that have defined the legal landscape of the country and stories of notable individuals. It will also highlight the contributions of those who have worked day and night to realize the promise of the Supreme Court as an institution.
A new era of transparency, engagement and progress...
The Chief Justice expressed confidence and said, "I am confident that the Supreme Court Chronicle will become a major source of information about the functioning of the Supreme Court. Its readers will be updated with the court activities happening inside and outside the Court. The CJI also termed this new beginning as a symbol of a new era of transparency, engagement and progress for the Court.