Emaar case: Court declines to pass order on CBI memo

A special court on Friday declined to give any direction to the competent authority (Centre) on a CBI memo.

Hyderabad: A special court on Friday declined to give any direction to the competent authority (Centre) on a CBI memo which sought to process its request on sanctioning prosecution against two IAS officers, accused in the APIIC-Emaar land deal case.
The CBI had on February 1 filed a charge sheet against 12 persons, including former home secretary (Andhra Pradesh) B P Acharya and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer LV Subramanyam in the Emaar scam case.
The agency filed a memo in the Special Court for CBI cases informing that it had already written to Centre seeking sanction under section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused duo.

As the matter came up for taking cognisance of the offences against Acharya and Subramanyam besides private persons, including a retired public servant, judge B
Nagamaruti Sarma sought clarity from the CBI on the provision under the Prevention of Corruption Act that allowed the court to keep a charge sheeted public servant in judicial remand without sanction from the Centre.

Referring to this, the CBI requested the court to direct the competent authority (Centre) to process its request for sanctioning prosecution against the two bureaucrats.

However, the judge said as per the procedure and law he cannot give any order on the memo. The defence also opposed the memorandum arguing that
the court did not have powers to take cognisance of the charge sheet against Acharya and requested it to reject the same.

PTI

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