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Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into charges of corruption and irregularities against former chief engineer of Noida authority, Yadav Singh.

The state government had opposed a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the matter.Credits: https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAYQjB1qFQoTCPWg7I6u38YCFYfUjgodv-sDkQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgovernment-corruption.blogspot.com%2Fp%2Fstopping-it.html&ei=ZHynVfXeOIepuwS_14-ICQ&bvm=bv.97949915,d.c2E&psig=AFQjCNEnvC20NBTau837Jx533gD_C090vQ&ust=1437125446999002

After hearing the state government, Yadav Singh and Noida Authority, a bench of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice S.N. Shukla said the matter was “serious”, adding that the case was a perfect one to be probed by the CBI.

The court said it had no faith in the one-member Justice Amarnath Verma Commission set up by the Samajwadi Party (SP) government and chided the advocate general for tardy progress in the matter.

The court on Wednesday completed the hearing on a public interest litigation pertaining to alleged corruption and amassing of ill-gotten wealth by Yadav Singh.

The petitioners alleged that many senior officials, bureaucrats and politicians were involved in the dealings of Yadav Singh and nothing short of a CBI probe into the matter could ensure justice.

The high court expressed dissatisfaction that ever since the Justice Verma commission was constituted, all government investigations, including a departmental inquiry, were put in cold storage.

It said it would have been prudent on the part of the state government to recommend a CBI probe into the matter.

The court on December 16, 2014, issued notices to the income tax department, union and state governments, Noida Authority and other parties as to why the case not be handed over to the CBI.

On February 10, 2015, the state government constituted the judicial commission to probe charges of irregularities, misuse of post and corruption against Yadav Singh and asked it to hold the probe within six months.

The government also told the high court about the inquiry panel in the next hearing.

Opposition parties earlier alleged that the tainted chief engineer “managed” the top political leadership of the Samajwadi Party government and hence the latter decided to go slow in the matter.

The Utttar Pradesh government suspended Yadav Singh in the wake of an income tax raid at his residence last year that unearthed crores in cash and jewellery.

(IANS)

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PM Modi Slammed for “Destroying” CBI: Congress on Alok Verma’s Case

The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for "destroying" the premier investigating agency.

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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for “destroying” the premier investigating agency.

“Modi adds another first to his list. After being the first Prime Minister to be exposed destroying the CBI before the Supreme Court, after having ruined the CVC’s (Central Vigilance Commission) credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge), Modi has now become first Prime Minister to have his illegal orders set aside by the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

His remarks came soon after the Supreme Court judgment pronounced on a plea by Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the government’s decision on the intervening night of October 23-24 to divest Verma of his charge as head of the investigating agency.

Reminding Modi that the government comes and goes but the integrity of the institutions survive, Surjewala hoped that the judgement would be a “lesson” to the Prime Minister about the strength of country’s democracy and the Constitution.

“Modiji please remember, governments have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived. Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic you may be, law catches up in the end,” he said.

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Firing salvo at Prime Minister, the Congress leader said: “After making CBI Chief suffer the consequences of your illegal decision for three months, will you show the courage to return three months of lost tenure? Unless you are afraid of investigation into Rafale scam.

“Modi equals to ‘Muzzling of Democratic Institutions’. First, you lose four economic advisors in a row including two RBI Governors. Second, four Supreme Court judges go public on Judge (B.H.) Loya, then you destroy credibility and competence of the CBI and CVC. This is your model of ‘minimum governance, maximum government’,” he added.

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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the Supreme Court verdict asking what has changed now.

“Before the Supreme Court verdict; Alok Verma didn’t have powers of CBI Chief, couldn’t take any decision on policy or investigation. After Supreme Court verdict: Ditto,” Singhvi tweeted. (IANS)