The Centre on Friday approached the Supreme Court seeking review and recall of its order for setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising retired judges to take over the probe of all black money cases including that of Pune stud farm owner Hassan Ali Khan.
The government has sought a review as well as complete recall of the order in which it has also been pulled up for the lag in investigations into the issue of black money stashed abroad.
Sources said the decision to avail the remedy of recalling the order was taken as it would give the Centre a chance to advance its arguments in an open court. The review petitions are considered in chamber without the presence of even the counsel.
They said a separate application for recalling the July 4 order has been filed in which the Centre has contended that a Bench of Justices B. Sudershan Reddy (since retired) and S.S. Nijjar had passed the directions without “completely” hearing its stand.
The Centre has submitted that the arguments of then Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium has not been considered completely by the Bench which ignored the steps taken for probing and monitoring the investigation into the issue of black money.
Sources said the decision to move the apex court against the order was taken after a closed-door meeting in which top officials of Finance and Home Ministries discussed the content of the order along with top law officers including Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati and other Additional Solicitor Generals.
The government in its application raised objections to the apex court’s criticism in the first 20 paragraphs of the judgement passed on July 4 while appointing former judges — Justices B.P. Jeevan Reddy and M.B. Shah — as chairman and vice-chairman of SIT.
It said the first 20 paragraphs have been written by the Bench without any arguments being advanced by Mr. Subramaniam, who has since resigned.
The Bench had in its order said money generated and stashed away reveal the degree of “softness of the State”.
Listing worries arising out of the unaccounted money stashed in foreign banks, the Bench had said “the quantum of such monies may be rough indicators of the weakness of the State, in terms of both crime prevention, and also of tax collection”.
The Supreme Court had observed that the unaccounted money going abroad is a reflection of the compromise of the government’s ability to manage the affairs of the state according to constitutional perspective. Hindu