The Supreme Court on Wednesday put aside a Madras High Court order of a CBI probe into allegations of corruption towards then Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Edappadi Ok Palaniswami within the awarding of contracts within the highways division of state.
A bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli requested the excessive court docket to resolve the criticism towards Palaniswami with out being influenced by earlier observations or orders handed within the matter.
The excessive court docket, after being attentive to DMK chief RS Bharathi’s plea towards Palaniswami, had in October 2018 handed an order to switch the investigation into his criticism of grooming irregularities to the CBI for “fair , reasonable and transparent investigation”.
Mr Palaniswami moved the apex court against the high court order which was stayed.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the DMK leader, said he did not want a CBI probe and would rather seek an impartial investigation.
“Let the excessive court docket look at the (inquiry) report. Without going into the small print of the matter, we request the excessive court docket to look into the studies submitted there and go an acceptable order after analyzing the report.. .We put aside all observations which don’t are available in the best way of recent consideration of the matter,” the court docket stated.
Mr Bharathi filed a petition within the excessive court docket accusing Mr Palaniswami of misusing his official place to allocate varied street building initiatives to corporations owned by his family members and others.
Mr Palaniswami argued within the excessive court docket that the order was wrongly handed with out giving him discover and giving him a chance to defend himself.
The DMK chief sought a path from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) to register a case towards the previous chief minister. The DVAC gave a clear chit to Mr Palaniswami.
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