Published On: Thu, Jan 21st, 2016

Delhi HC refuses to pass order on CBI plea against returning documents

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Thursday refrained from passing an order on CBI’s plea seeking stay of a trial court order directing the agency to return some documents seized by it during the raids at the office of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar (left)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with his Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar (left)

Justice PS Teji, however, issued notice to the Delhi government and IAS officer Rajendra Kumar on the agency’s plea seeking quashing of the trial court order that castigated the CBI for flouting its own manual by seizing documents without showing how they were related to the graft case.

“Notice to respondents (Delhi government and Kumar). They may file reply by 11 am tomorrow. The petitioner CBI will file their response by January 23. The matter shall be heard on Monday,” the bench said.

The direction came on a plea filed by the CBI against trial court’s yesterday order, which said the Special CBI Judge has failed to appreciate that Delhi government has already obtained photo copies of the documents seized and thus the order of returning the documents is “wholly misconceived”.

The high court, which initially appeared inclined to grant stay on the trial court’s order, refrained itself after senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for AAP government, opposed any interim order on the plea.

As CBI kept pressing for a stay on the special court order, Krishnan said, “I am opposing the interim order and Delhi government should be heard before granting any relief.”

Hearing this, the court said, “I want your reply black and white. Why to keep the petition pending for two days or ten days. File your reply today and I will decide it finally.”

Delhi government’s counsel said they will file their response by tomorrow.

Meanwhile, advocate Sonia Mathur, appearing for CBI, urged the court to allow the agency to file documents in a sealed cover before the court, which was opposed by the Delhi government.

A Special Court had yesterday directed the CBI to return some documents seized by it during the raids at Kumar’s office on December 15 last year while disposing of an application filed by the Delhi government seeking release of the same.

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