Govt must get free hand to probe PNB fraud: SC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Feb 2018 08:53:03


 

NEW DELHI,

The top court said it would step in only when agencies fail to carry out the investigation properly

THE Government must get a free hand to probe the over Rs 11,000 crore PNB fraud case, allegedly involving billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.
The top court said it would step in only when agencies fail to carry out the investigation properly. The Centre, represented by Attorney General K K Venugopal, vehemently opposed a PIL, seeking an independent probe and deportation of Nirav Modi, before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra saying “the inquiry has started and the FIRs have been registered”.

“If the Government does not do things that are required, then you (petitioner) can come. It is not that the Government agencies are not acting,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said, adding that the Government must have “a free hand” to probe thescam.

Lawyer Vineet Dhanda, who has filed the PIL, said that either notice be issued or a status report called from the Centre as “the whole country was watching that the Government had not done anything” in the past in a similar case relating to Vijay Mallya. “Speeches have no impact on the court. We will hear the legal issue and not the emotional aspect,” the bench said, adding “this is not the way you argue a petition.

The purpose is to gain publicity.” The court took serious note of the intervention by Dhanda when Venugopal was putting forth the stand of the Centre, and said “I cannot say that anywhere in the world the Attorney General is stopped like this”.