New Delhi (Agencies): The Rajasthan government was pulled up by the Supreme Court on Friday for not taking action against its officers who were allegedly involved in illegal sale of arms.

A Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar also sought an explanation from the state government why it has not granted sanction to prosecute the officials.

The court also pulled up the government for issuing licences to dubious persons, including three of IAS cadre, for alleged involvement in the scam and asked it to file within ten days a report on action it has taken against them.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking a direction against the government for not taking action against its officers after the scam came to light in 2007 when authorities in Rajasthan's Ganganagar district noticed that several licenses were issued to dubious persons, including terrorists, smugglers and rowdy elements by local authorities without verification.

The government also placed some documents before the bench informing about the action taken by the Army against its officers whose names figured in the scam.
In the last hearing, the Bench had expressed anguish that the affidavit on behalf of the Ministry of Defence was filed by an army officer of the rank of Captain.

The Bench had said that only after going through a proper affidavit, it would pass any direction on the PIL filed by advocate Arvind Kumar Sharma who has sought an inquiry either by CBI or a former judge of the Supreme Court into the alleged racket involving illegal sale of arms and issuance of license.