SC notice to CBI on Emmar MGF plea against probe

The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to CBI on real estate giant Emmar MGF seeking stay on the ongoing probe into its alleged connection with the case relating to disporportionate assets of Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy.

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday issued
notice to CBI on real estate giant Emmar MGF seeking stay on the ongoing probe into its alleged connection with the case relating to disporportionate assets of Kadapa MP Jaganmohan
Reddy, son of late Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.

A bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma
sought response from the CBI and State Handlooms and Textile
Minister P Shankar Rao on whose petition the agency was
earlier directed by the high court to probe the allegations.

The bench refused to stay the ongoing investigation by the CBI into the alleged connection of DA case of Jagan with Emmar MGF and posted the matter for next week.

Emmar assailed the direction of high court for the CBI
inquiry saying that such probe can be ordered by the court
only after coming to the conclusion after considerring the
material on record that there was a prima facie case against
the person and the same can`t be done in a routine manner.

"A decision to direct an inquiry by CBI against a
person can only be done if the high court after considering
the material on record comes to a conclusion that such
material does disclose a prima facie case calling for an
investigation by CBI or any other similar agency, and the same
cannot be done as a matter of routine.
"It is submitted that when it is settled law that
referring an investigation to CBI is an exception then the
high court must in its judgment indicate as to what is so
extra-ordinary or special in the case that only the CBI alone
can investigate," Emmar added, saying that the direction of
the court has not disclosed reason for special probe.

In his petition to Andhra Pradesh High Court, Rao had
sought a CBI inquiry into the companies that had invested in
Jagan`s businesses to allegedly win favours in the form of
land allotments and mining leases from the then YSR
government.

PTI