Mumbai: After the Maharashtra government’s decision to withdraw the appointment of its Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the Jiah Khan case, the decks have been cleared for the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) to proceed with the trial. This comes after the Bombay High Court was informed by the Maharashtra government about cancelling the appointment of its SPP Dinesh Tiwari.
A single-judge bench of Justice Anil Menon disposed a plea filed by the CBI challenging the appointment of a Tiwari as a SPP in the Jiah Khan death case.
The central agency had challenged the appointment of Tiwari as the SPP. The agency represented by special counsel Hiten Venegaonkar, apprised the HC of the fact that the special women’s court (that is trying the case) is not allowing the CBI’s advocate to make any submissions. He informed the HC that Tiwari earlier represented the deceased actress’ mother Rabia Khan. Accordingly, Justice Menon had asked the Advocate General (AG) Ashutosh Kumbhkoni to assist the court. Justice Menon had framed a question as to whether the government can appoint a SPP, especially when the case is being pursued by the CBI.
On Thursday, AG Kumbhkoni told the HC that the government has withdrawn Tiwari’s appointment. He also informed the court that the CBI’s argument was correct as the state governments cannot appoint SPPs in cases which are being pursued by the central agency. Accordingly, Justice Menon disposed the CBI’s plea.