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SC monitoring sought in UP foodgrain scam

The apex court had on April 18 last year stayed the High Court`s order directing the agency to file a status report before it after every two months.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court was on Thursday urged to monitor CBI`s investigation into the multi-crore rupee foodgrain scam in Uttar Pradesh on the ground that the agency is allegedly reluctant to conduct a proper probe under political influence.

The petitioner, on whose plea the CBI inquiry was directed in the scam, filed an application alleging that a proper probe is not being done by the agency as many big political figures in the scam.

"The government and the investigating agency are tactfully providing a route to escape to the real and influential guilty persons and therefore the applicant has urged that this court monitor the entire process of investigation by asking the status report from CBI or the agency may be directed to file a status report every two months," the applicant, Vishwanath Chaturvedi, said in his plea.

He said that apex court, which had virtually stayed the monitoring of the case by the Allahabad High Court, should take over the task of monitoring for ensuring a proper probe in the case.

"The agency is reluctant to hold a proper investigation and surprisingly CBI has filed only one chargesheet till date.. Which clearly indicates the progress of the CBI inquiry and there are least interested to do a fair investigation under the influence of strong political leaders and their parties to get away from the wrongdoing," he said.

The apex court had on April 18 last year stayed the High Court`s order directing the agency to file a status report before it after every two months.
The Allahabad High Court had passed a slew of directions on the petition filed Chaturvedi alleging largescale irregularities in distribution of foodgrains supplied by the Centre under `Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojna (SGRY)` which were also illegally diverted to neighbouring countries from Uttar Pradesh.

Pleading to vacate the stay, Chaturvedi contended a proper investigation has not been done by the agency as it is not being monitored by the High Court and pleaded with the apex court to keep a watch on the ongoing probe.

"Monitor the entire process of investigation by asking the status report from CBI or CBI may be directed to file a status report every two months before this court so as to investigation might be properly done by the agency under the impartial and fair direction of this court and thereby allow the agency to initiate prosecution against the charged public servants," he said.

PTI

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