SC grants Centre week`s time on Vectra chief`s plea

The Supreme Court on Monday granted a week`s time to the Centre and CBI to file their replies on a plea of Ravinder Rishi.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday granted a week`s time to the Centre and CBI to file their replies on a plea of Ravinder Rishi, chairman of the Vectra group, facing probe in the Tatra truck deal, to visit England for treatment of various complications.

A bench of justices Altamas Kabir and J Chelameshwar granted the time after Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal sought permission to respond to Rishi`s petition which also sought direction to CBI to permit an advocate to be present with him during questioning by the agency.

Earlier appearing for Rishi, senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi told the bench that his client was suffering from "cirrhosis of the liver with portal hypertension" and other complications, which required expert medical treatment.

He submitted since Rishi was a British national and earlier undergoing treatment there, it was necessary for him to continue the treatment in England for at least 30 days.

The counsel submitted Rishi was cooperating with the investigation agency and had visited them at least on 10 occasions without giving scope for any complaint.
The Vectra group is being investigated by CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in supply of Tatra all-terrain trucks to public sector BEML.

PTI

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