New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected
the plea of Uttar Pradesh Congress Leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi
seeking a direction to the Allahabad High Court for an
expeditious hearing on her petition for a CBI inquiry into
arson at her house in Lucknow following her allegedly
derogatory remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati.
A bench headed by justice AK Ganguly refused to issue a
notice on her petition and asked her to approach the Chief
Justice of the Allahabad High Court for the purpose.
"We do not want to issue a notice on the petition," the
The Congress leader pleaded in her petition that her plea
has been pending in the High Court for more than two years and
a proper hearing is not given to her plea in the High Court.
The Uttar Pradesh Congress president had in July 2009
moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident
and quashing of the FIR lodged against her in Moradabad
district accusing her of having made derogatory remarks
She had pleaded that the investigation by the state CID
may not be fair due to political reasons and submitted the
case be handed over to CBI.
A local court in Lucknow had last year ordered lodging of
an FIR in connection with the arson on the house of Joshi.