Thursday, January 7, 2016

HC asks why FIR was not registered against Minister Babu

KOCHI: Kerala High Court has slammed the government over its approach in the bar bribery case vis-vis Minister Babu. The court asked why FIR was not registered against the minister.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhooshan and Justice A M Shaffique asked whether the government could not have filed a case against Babu based on Lalitha Kumari case verdict.  

The court, during the day, had considered a bunch of petitions, seeking CBI inquiry into the bar case and supervision by the court.  

The court said the Vigilance report was the one that absolved minister of all charges. “Did the government accept or reject the report submitted by the Vigilance DySP on June 6? Or, did the Vigilance hand over the report to the court?” the court asked.
But the Advocate General K P Dhandapani, who appeared for the government, could not give a clear reply to this.  

The Advocate General said the delay in submitting the report occurred as there existed a number of cases related to the bar issue. Following this submission, the court asked the government to submit an affidavit within one week on steps taken by it on the FIR registered against Babu.

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