The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a CBI plea for transfer from Uttar Pradesh to a Delhi court the trial of a case involving fraudulent withdrawal of provident fund of Ghaziabad court staff in which names of some judicial officers and sitting judges of Allahabad High Court has figured.

“We do not find any merit in the CBI plea seeking transfer of the case from Ghaziabad to Delhi,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice D.K. Jain said while rejecting the plea.

The bench said it was difficult for it to believe that the Ghaziabad court, which is seized of the matter, will be biased and not be impartial since some of the former colleagues of the judge trying the case were among the accused.

The apprehension of the CBI is “misplaced”, said the bench, which also comprised justices V.S. Sirpurkar and G.S. Singhvi.

The case assumes significance as the names of several judicial officers, former and sitting judges of the Allahabad High Court and a former apex court judge, who retired recently, have figured as alleged beneficiaries of the scam involving withdrawal of several crore of rupees from the Ghaziabad treasury.

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