The Supreme Court said on Monday that a bench of three judges led by CJI DY Chandrachud would hear a plea from the Law Enforcement Directorate seeking the transfer of a corruption case related to the “Nagrik Apurti Nigam” or the PDS scam outside Chhattisgarh.
A bench comprising the CJI and Judge Hima Kohli was told by Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal representing the Government of Chhattisgarh that the ED plea was again listed today before a bench headed by Judge MR Shah.
The CJI explained the circumstances under which the case was re-scheduled before the same bench on Monday and said a three-judge bench comprising him and Justices Ajay Rastogi and S Ravindra Bhat would hear it another day.
“As the case was heard by CJI Lalit (since retired) and two colleagues, I can order it to be heard by me and two colleagues – Judge Bhat and Judge Rastogi. miscellaneous,” the CJI said.
The Chhattisgarh government had recently told the bench headed by Judge Shah not to proceed with the case as it was to be heard by a bench of three judges and then it was mentioned before the CJI bench by Sibal.
Subsequently, India’s Solicitor General Tushar Mehta lamented the growing tendency to slander senior magistrates and judges if an order in a political case is not to the liking of a litigant. The ED plea was previously struck from the list of causes by a bench comprising then CJI UU Lalit, since retired, and Judges Ajay Rastogi and S Ravindra Bhat due to lack of time with the CJI of the ED. ‘era.
The case was then displayed before a bench consisting of Judges Shah and Kohli. The alleged scam came to light in February 2015, when the BJP government under Raman Singh was at the helm.
The ACB raided the offices of Nagrik Apurti Nigam (NAN), the agency responsible for the efficient operation of the public distribution system, and seized unaccounted cash totaling Rs 3.64 crore.
The FIR alleged large-scale corrupt practices in the supply and transportation of rice and other food grains which involved officials and others associated with the Civil Supplies Corporation, Raipur.
(With PTI inputs)