HC rejects CBI’s plea to lift stay on Life Mission probe
Kochi: The Kerala High Court rejected the petition filed by CBI to lift the stay issued on the probe into the Life Mission scam in Wadakkancherry. The court also asserted that CBI’s request to hear the case urgently will not be considered at present.
HC dismissed the plea after observing that CBI moved the petition without filing a counter affidavit against the stay order.
CBI’s lawyer also informed the court that he was not prepared for an argument on Tuesday, as the counter affidavit was yet to be submitted. He stated that the counter affidavit was submitted to the CBI director for approval. The lawyer also informed the court that Additional Solicitor General will appear for further hearing as requested by CBI.
The court questioned the lawyer for moving a petition to lift the stay order on the probe into Life Mission, without filing a counter affidavit.
The court was ready to hear the case on Tuesday itself. But as CBI did not file a counter affidavit, the court observed that it is impossible to hear the case urgently at the present situation.
Meanwhile, Adv KB Viswanathan, a senior lawyer at Supreme Court, who appeared for the state government pointed out that CBI was making publicity stunt with the new petition.
"CBI moved the petition to make headlines. The stay order related to the case is still in force. CBI was not ready to file a counter affidavit against the stay order. Still, they approached the court seeking to consider the case urgently,” alleged KB Viswanathan.
At the same time, the High Court took a stance that the CBI can lodge a fresh plea after submitting counter affidavit and completing the procedures to bring Additional Solicitor General before the court.