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HC refuses to pass interim order on accused’s petition

The Delhi high court on Tuesday refused to pass an interim order on a plea of an accused in the CNG fitness certificate scam seeking quashing of the notification to set up an inquiry commission.

“No interim orders. It is a petition, similar to others matters before the court. This petition will be taken up with other similar matters,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath <g data-gr-id="23">said,</g> while issuing <g data-gr-id="22">notice</g> to AAP government in Delhi and the Centre.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra appearing for petitioner M A Usmani, a DANICS cadre officer who was arrested in a FIR registered by Anti-Corruption Bureau, sought interim stay on the establishment of the probe commission saying no prior approval of the Lieutenant Governor was taken before the notification was issued. He said that LG has already chosen not to act in the case by denying the prosecution sanction while Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also opted not to act in the matter.

Luthra said that besides this, the notification issued on August 11, 2015 by the Delhi government to constitute the commission of inquiry to investigate the CNG fitness scam was violative of the laid down procedures and against the provisions of law.

The Bench, however, said <g data-gr-id="25">notice</g> was being issued to all the respondents and the matter could be heard in detail on September 23 when other petitions also come up for hearing. It asked all respondents to file their reply within two weeks. 

On August 19, a retired transport department inspector Rajendra Prasad had also moved High Court 
seeking quashing of notification for commission of inquiry into the CNG fitness certificate scam. 
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