Punjab News Express/ S K Vyas
NEW DELHI : The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case Under Section 120-B of IPC and Section 7 & 13(2) read with 13(1) (a) & (d) of P.C. Act, 1988 against certain Members of Parliament; Members of Legislative Assembly/Ministers; then MP/then MLA and a Police Officer of West Bengal on conclusion of the Preliminary Enquiry initiated by it, in compliance of the Order dated 17.3.2017 of the High Court at Calcutta in WP Nos 5243(W) of 2016, 5175 (W) of 2016 and 5224 (W) of 2016.
The High Court at Calcutta had directed CBI to conduct a Preliminary Enquiry and conclude it within 72 hours, after taking over the custody of the devices of Sting Operation and CFSL Reports from the Committee constituted by the Hon’ble High Court. The Hon’ble High Court also directed CBI to ascertain whether the Respondent of the aforesaid WP No. 5243 (W) of 2016 had indulged in corrupt practices in the video footages of the sting operation and further mentioned in its order that depending upon the result of the enquiry, CBI shall forthwith register an FIR in respect of the alleged crimes and proceed to investigate the same in accordance with law.
The Respondents challenged the aforesaid order of the Hon’ble High Court by filing SLP, but vide order dated 21.3.2017 in SLP(Crl) No.2259 and 2261 of 2017, the Hon’ble Supreme Court upheld the directions of the Hon’ble High Court, Calcutta for Preliminary Enquiry by CBI into the allegations of the aforesaid PILs. However, the Hon’ble Supreme Court relaxed the timeline for conclusion of the enquiry by granting CBI time of one month from the date of passing of order by the Hon’ble High Court.
CBI conducted the Preliminary Enquiry into the said allegations expeditiously. Enquiry revealed prima facie material for registration of a Regular Case(FIR) under appropriate sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and IPC.