A bench of justices RV Raveendran and AK Patnaik
dismissed the petition of the Punjab government challenging
High Court's order for a CBI probe.
"In the facts and circumstances of this case, however,
the High Court has held that the state local police was unable
to carry out investigation into the cases and for securing the
ends of justice the investigation has to be handed over to the
"In other words, this was one of those extra-ordinary
cases where the direction of the High Court for investigation
by the CBI was justified," the bench said.
The bench said that the order of the High Court was right
in view of the fact that not less than eight police officials,
political leaders, advocates, municipal councillors besides a
number of persons belonging to general public had been named
in the status report of the local police.
"In the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, the
High Court felt that justice would not be done to the case if
the investigation stays in the hands of the local police and
for these reasons directed that the investigation of the case
be handed over to the CBI," the apex court said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the
Punjab and Haryana High Court order for a CBI probe into the
Moga sex scandal in which involvement of senior police
officials, politicians and advocates had come to light.
First Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 22:49