New Delhi: Former Railway Minister C K Jaffer Sharief's plea for quashing a 1995 corruption case against him will be taken up by the Supreme Court for final hearing on October 9.

A bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam, which had stayed the criminal proceedings against the 80-year-old Congress leader, on Monday fixed the date for final hearing in the case.

Sharief had approached the Apex Court against an April 11 order of the Delhi High Court, dismissing his plea challenging a trial court's decision to reject a CBI closure report in the corruption case against him and prosecute him instead.

Sharief is accused of "dishonestly" ensuring journey of his erstwhile Additional Private Secretary B N Nagesh, stenos S M Masthan and V Muralidharn, and driver C H Samaullah to London with him.

The case dates back to 1995 when Sharief, as a Union Minister, had gone to London for his treatment and had allegedly taken four of his staff on the trip "unauthorisedly, causing a loss of Rs seven lakh to the state exchequer."

A special CBI court had framed charges against the former minister for allegedly causing loss to the public exchequer during the foreign jaunt undertaken by him.

An FIR was registered against Sharief in 1998 by CBI. However, in 2005, the agency filed a closure report citing refusal of sanction.

But the lower court had rejected the closure report, saying it appeared that the entire material collected by the prosecution had not been placed before sanctioning authority.

CBI had again filed a closure report. The special judge, however, had declined the agency's request and took cognizance of the case under the anti-corruption law.

(Agencies)

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