Allegations of corruption against ED chief baseless: Govt to SC

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the allegations of corruption levelled against Enforcement Directorate chief Arun Mathur by a petitioner in blackmoney case were "baseless".

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 22:05 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre today told the
Supreme Court that the allegations of corruption levelled
against Enforcement Directorate chief Arun Mathur by a
petitioner in blackmoney case were "baseless".

"All the allegations are baseless. No statement is
correct. I verified from the record and found that his house
was never searched by the CBI as alleged by a petitioner,"
Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said before a bench of
justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar referring to the
allegations made against Mathur in a letter written to the
Prime Minister.
The government`s reply came after the court in the
last hearing had sought its response on the two affidavits
filed by Jasbir Singh, who is also one of the petitioners
along with eminent jurist Ram Jethmalani and former supercop
Julio F Riberio in the black money case, in which he
questioned the credentials of Mathur and his two associates --
Prabha Kant and S K Sahni.

The court expressed displeasure over Jasbir Singh not
disclosing information about himself that he was a serving IPS
officer in Uttar Pradesh.

It was pointed also out by the government that another
petitioner, who is an IAS officer, has not revealed that he
was Principal Secretary in Chief Minister`s office in Uttar
Pradesh. It was also stated that the allegations were levelled
against the ED so that the court set up an SIT to probe the
blackmoney case.

"It requires that they must disclose information
(about them)," the bench said.
Meanwhile, the bench directed the IIT Kharagpur
professor S K Dubey to file his affidavit giving details of
what transpired between him and Prabha Kant as it was alleged
that the ED officer had threatened him for writing letter to
the Prime Minister against him and his chief Mathur.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the
official, submitted that Prabha Kant never threatened the
professor.

The bench after hearing all the sides asked the city
Police Commissioner to file status report on the investigation
done on the complaint of Dubey.

PTI