New Delhi:  The Uttar Pradesh government has moved the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court’s order directing a CBI probe into the foodgrains scam.

The state government has filed a petition in the Apex Court appealing it to scrap the HC order. The government also sought a stay on the order of the Allahabad High Court.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, accepting a petition filed by advocate Vishwanath Chaturvedi, had pronounced the judgment on December 3, 2010 directing the CBI to probe into alleged diversion of foodgrains meant for BPL families in the state to Bangladesh.

The High Court had also directed that sanction for prosecution of delinquent officials should be granted within 90 days. The investigating agency will be submitting the status report on the matter in the HC on April 13. The SC hearing on the government’s plea is likely to take place on April 18.

Opposing the High Court order, the Mayawati government has moved a petition in SC appealing to quash the order.

Advocate Chaturvedi in his petition had alleged large-scale irregularities in distribution of foodgrains supplied by the Centre under BPL schemes and mid-day-meal schemes, which were illegally diverted not only to neighbouring states but also to other countries from Uttar Pradesh. Chaturvedi had demanded for a CBI probe into the matter.

The court had then direted CBI to proceed with the probe in the cases of Ballia, Kheri, Sitapur, Lucknow, Varanasi and Gonda districts.

The High Court had directed the state agencies to immediately refer all cases where foodgrain smuggling was done outside Uttar Pradesh or to other countries to CBI for further investigations.