New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to issue a notification within three days for handing over the probe into the mysterious death of Sadiq Batch to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

Batcha was a close aide of former Telecom Minister A Raja and an alleged accomplice in the 2G spectrum scam. The CBI had quizzed him in connection with the 2G scam.

Batcha was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his home in Chennai on March 16. His wife had claimed that Batch committed suicide as he was unable to cope with the pressure of the probe.

An NGO, CPIL had filed a plea in the Apex Court and had appealed for transfer of the probe into Batcha’s death to the CBI. The SC had sought reply from the Central Government in this connection.

Appearing for the government on Monday, Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising presented the letter of Personnel Department to the court informing that the government would require a week’s time to issue the notification.

Jaising told the SC bench comprising justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly that the state government has already given its consent for transfer of the probe to the CBI and the latter is willing to take over the case.

“All the preconditions have been satisfied and the Central Government would also issue the notification within seven days,” said Jaising.

However, advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appeared for the petitioner CPIL, protesting the delay on the part of the government in coming out with the notification said that the court should pass the order to the Centre to issue the notification.

Taking note of the submissions of both parties, the bench issued the direction to the Central Government to release notification within three days for transferring the case to the CBI, so that the agency can start with its investigations.

 

JPN/Bureau