The Union government, already facing a lot of pressure from the Supreme Court for “laxity” in the investigation into the black money case on Monday, was directed to furnish complete details about alleged threat to a IIT professor by the ED top brass for writing a letter to the PM about their “enjoying” the hospitality of a Kolkata company under probe.
As the top court was apprised about several new developments related to the black money case by senior counsel appearing for different petitioners alleging that the matter was rather becoming murkier, the top court also sought an affidavit from the Delhi police commissioner whether an FIR has been registered on the complaint of Delhi IIT’s visiting professor S.K. Dubey about the alleged threat to him by ED’s deputy director Prabhakhant for writing to the PM on the issue.
Besides Prof. Dubey, a former director of IIT Khargpur, the letter was also written on behalf of seven other prominent citizens, including former Punjab DGP Julio Ribeiro and former Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh who are co-petitioners in the black money case.
The government and police commissioner were given time till Friday next to submit their affidavits by the top court, which also asked the Centre to explain why Maharashtra police DCP Ashok Deshbhratar, who probed the passport forgery case against Hasan Ali, was placed under suspension. Identical affidavit on his suspension was sought from the Maharashtra government.
Meanwhile, the government as well as senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Deshhhratar, placed on record CDs and audio/video recording of custodial interrogation of Hasan Ali and some of his close associates. Mr Jethmalani said Deshbharater had recorded the interrogation of Ali in the passport forgery case and he was placing it on record with a transcript.
“The transcript makes it clear that Deshbhratar was asked to go slow in the investigation against Hasan Ali and others in the case,” Mr Jethmalani said. However, the bench ordered to put the entire material under seal on the request of Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam.
Mr Dubey’s counsel Rajiv stated the letter to the PM was written on March 21 by his clients stating that the present team of the ED did not “inspire confidence” in the probe into the complex black money case in view of the ED director Arun Mathur and deputy director Prabhakant and another officer S.K. Sahni during a visit to Kolkata in connection with the investigation against Peerless India Ltd had “enjoyed the hospitality” of the company in a hotel run by it. Asian Age