13th February, 2020
In Chhattisgarh, the Supreme Court has stayed the CBI inquiry into the alleged scam of about one thousand crore rupees in the Social Welfare Department in the name of paper organization during BJP rule. The three-member bench of Justice R Bhanumathi, Justice S Abdul Nazir and Justice AS Bopanna in the Supreme Court has also issued notices to all parties. About 12 officers including seven IAS are charged in the case. The High Court ordered the CBI to investigate the matter.
The petition of former Chief Secretary of the state Vivek Dhanda was heard in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The court has stayed the decision of the Division Bench of Chhattisgarh High Court, which directed the CBI inquiry into the scam. In this case, the petitioner accused seven IAS and five officers of the State Service Cadre. However, CBI has filed a case against unknown.
It is worth noting that Kundan Singh, a contract employee of the Social Welfare Department, had filed a writ petition in the High Court and accused him of grabbing one thousand crore rupees by creating a fake NGO in the Social Welfare Department. In this, he also gave the documents obtained from the Right to Information Act.
In the name of the State Disabled Sources Institute, the list of seven IAS and five state service cadre officers of the state was said to be involved in forgery. After hearing the Division Bench of Justice Prashant Mishra and Justice PP Sahu of the High Court, on January 30, the CBI was directed to file FIR against the accused officers within seven days and seize all documents from the Social Welfare Department.
Chief Justice set up a special bench
Former IAS BL Aggarwal and State Service Cadre officer Satish Pandey filed a review petition in the Chief Justice's Court against the decision of the Division Bench. Chief Justice PR Ramachandra Menon, while constituting a special bench, directed Justice Prashant Mishra and Justice PP Sahu to hear. Both the reconsideration petitions were rejected by the special bench after hearing them. Not only this, the government's review petition was also rejected.
To file a petition in the Supreme Court
Debarshi Thakur, counsel for the petitioner Kundan Singh, has now asked to file a fresh petition in the Supreme Court following the Supreme Court's directive on the plea of the former chief secretary. The lawyer said that a decision will be taken in this regard soon.