‘The government has already given permission for prosecution and as such, the PIL had been rendered infructuous’

BHOPAL: The Jabalpur High Court, on Tuesday, dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against additional chief secretary AR Mohanti in the MPSIDC scam case.

A HC bench, comprising acting chief justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anjuli Palo said the government has already given permission for prosecution of Mohanti and as such, the PIL had been rendered infructuous.

Earlier, Mohanti had told the court, during the hearing of a petition filed by him, that the economic offences wing (EOW) was not complying with the orders of the Supreme Court in investigating the scam, after which the court had asked to get the matter re-investigated.  Mohanti’s counsel had also challenged the permission for prosecution of Mohanti, which was given on the basis of EOW’s ‘flawed; investigations. The high court said if Mohanti wants relief then he should file a petition separately.

The high court, had issued notices to EOW, demanding the latter to submit reply on investigations against Mohanti. Mohanti had contended that EOW did not investigate the case as per the SC’s orders. The EOW had told the court that the investigations were done afresh.

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