High Court of Kerala | Photo: Jayakrishnan C. K.
Kochi: The Kerala High Court has extended the stay over the CBI investigation in the Life Mission case until December 17. The decision comes after the Kerala government approached the HC against CBI.
On behalf of the CBI, the standing counsel informed the HC that the stay was preventing the central agency from making any progress in the case. The probe has been stagnant for the last two months. The situation is such that the investigation officer’s hands are tied.
The CBI took a stance that the stay must be revoked. The CBI expressed readiness to hear the detailed argument over the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act violation once the stay is revoked. Senior Supreme Court advocate K. V. Viswanathan, who appeared for the Kerala government urged the HC to postpone the case to December 21.
The HC said it would consider the matter again on December 17. The court will hear a detailed argument from CBI over revoking the stay during the next hearing. The HC informed the court that more time cannot be granted. The HC also criticised the CBI. The court questioned as to why the CBI waited for two months.