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Prime Minister Bhupesh Baghel has never met a Supreme Court judge, the Chhattisgarh government told the Supreme Court on Thursday. The court heard an ED plea for transfer of a PMLA case related to the ‘Nagrik Apurti Nigam’ (NAN) or the Public Distribution System (PDS) scam out of state.

Kanu Sarda

New Delhi,UPDATED: 21 Oct 2022 02:00 IST

The ED’s plea will now be heard again by another bank formed by the successor CJI (Photo: File)

By Kanu Sarda: The Chattisgarh government brushed aside the allegations, telling the Supreme Court on Thursday that Prime Minister Bhupesh Baghel has never met a Supreme Court judge. Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who appeared before the Chattisgarh government, told a bank headed by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit that the prime minister has never met a Supreme Court judge.

Sibal’s clarification came a day after Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), told the bank that one of the closest aides from the Whatsapp chat indicated that just before the bail requests came to the Supreme Court. , the prime minister had met with the judge involved in the Nagrik apurti nigam (NAN) Chattisgarh PDS scam. The court heard an ED plea for out-of-state transfer of a PMLA case. However, the bank stated that it was unable to deal with the case for a long time due to lack of time and adjourned the case until November 14.

During the hearing, CJI suggested that since he is resigning from the office on November 8, he will not have time to handle so many cases before and said the special banking case would be heard by another bank.

“While we have heard lawyers appear before the parties at length, but given the facts and circumstances recorded and in particular the fact that the submissions would not have been completed in one session, the case is exempt from being heard in part,” the statement said. command.

The order to reseal the documents filed by the ED and the state government, the bank said that the registry of the highest court has been ordered to place the case before an appropriate bank. The ED’s plea will now be heard again by another bank formed by the successor CJI.

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The PDS scam came to light in 2015 after the state’s anti-corruption agency raided various parts of the state and seized cash up to 3.61 crore and crucial documents and pen drives. The investigations revealed a scam over Rs 30,000 cr in the purchase and distribution of food grains through the public distribution system.

The FIR alleged large-scale corrupt practices in the purchase and transportation of rice and other food grains involving officials and others associated with the State Civil Supplies Corporation, Raipur.

The central investigative agency has claimed that the accused agents “once again” evaded the procedures established by law and successfully thwarted an impartial investigation and trial because of their political influence.

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