The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Friday transferred to the Allahabad Bench a Public Interest Litigation petition seeking an FIR against the trust run by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise.
Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh passed the order on a petition filed by Lucknow-based State coordinator of the Dr. Zakir Hussain Trust, Mohammed Kaunain Hussain.
Mr. Hussain on Tuesday filed an application requesting the court to transfer the case to Allahabad, as another PIL had been filed there by journalist Raju Parulkar.
Uttar Pradesh-based social activist Nutan Thakur, who had filed the plea seeking an FIR against the trust, opposed the transfer application on the grounds that her plea was filed even before Mr. Parulkar’s.
Ms. Thakur also contended that the prayer made by him was different from her petition.
“The court has already heard pleas in this case. The plea filed by me seeks a directive to the EOW [Economic Offences Wing] to file an FIR, while the other petition calls for an overall investigation in the case of alleged misappropriation of funds. My petition takes into account the primary investigations. So how can they be the same?” Ms. Thakur asked, adding that the transfer could make it difficult to pursue the case.
In her petition, Ms. Thakur had sought the court’s directive for an FIR on the basis of primary investigations done by the Viklang Kalyan Vibhag (Handicapped Welfare Department) and the Social Welfare Department.
The petitioner had also requested the court to monitor the investigation of the case by the U.P. police’s EOW.
Activist Nutan Thakur opposes transfer She had sought filing of FIR by EOW
Activist Nutan Thakur opposes transfer
She had sought filing of FIR by EOW