Supreme Court notice to judge for ‘interfering' in PF case

The Supreme Court has issued notice to Ghaziabad District Judge Vishnu Chandra Gupta, taking a serious view of the allegation that he was interfering in the Provident Fund scam case.

After hearing Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati, a Bench of Justices D.K. Jain, V.S. Sirpurkar and G.S. Singhvi sought Mr. Gupta's explanation in four weeks.

In the scam, in which judges were named, crores were fraudulently withdrawn from the PF accounts of Classes III and IV employees.

When Mr. Vahanvati prayed for issuing notice to the accused on a transfer petition, the Bench issued notice to all the 70 accused, seeking their response in four weeks.

Justice Jain told the AG and counsel Prashant Bhushan that if the allegation against the district judge was true, it would amount to interference in the course of justice.

When Mr. Bhushan insisted on making public the CBI report on the role of the judicial officers and judges involved in the scam, Justice Jain said “We have not yet closed the case. Whether we decide to give the report or not, we will decide while passing our final order. We will take note of your submission for making it public.”

In its affidavit, the CBI alleged that the district judge had on July 26 called the senior public prosecutor to his chamber, where Mr. Gupta asked the district government counsel for the local police to take back the CDs of local police in the PF scam from the CBI.

public prosecutor told the judge that since the case had been transferred to the CBI, the local police had no role to play. The judge then asked the local police to implead themselves in the case along with the CBI as the main charge sheet was filed by the State police.

The judge also sought information about a private person who was given a clean chit by the CBI and asked counsel for the local police to agitate the matter in court. There was a likelihood that witnesses might be influenced during the course of trial, the CBI told the Supreme Court and prayed for shifting the case to Delhi.

  • Supreme court seeks reply in four weeks
  • Notice issued to all 70 accused

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