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SC hands over UP provident fund scam probe to CBI

Source: PTI
September 23, 2008 13:52 IST
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed over the investigation of the Uttar Pradesh provident fund scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The names of some judges from the higher judiciary, including one from the apex court, have cropped up in connection to the scam.

The apex court granted three months time to the investigating agency to place the status report relating to the probe in the case.

However, a bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat said though three months time have been given, CBI shall not in any way be stopped from going ahead with filing of the final report earlier.

The bench said, "The court before which the final report/chargesheet will be placed will deal according to the law".

The apex court said the CBI shall nominate an investigating officer to be in-charge of the probe who can take the assistance of state government officials.

The UP government will provide all manpower and infrastructure facilities to the CBI for carrying out an effective investigation, it said.

The court said all the documents relating to the case will be microfilmed and deposited before it, the copies of which will be handed over to the CBI and the Uttar Pradesh government.

The documents already collected by the UP police and the reports prepared by it will be handed over to the investigating officer, it said.

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