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Transport scam: Court still awaiting copy of HC order

Arguments on the appointment of special public prosecutor in the Rs 100 crore transport scam case in Delhi could not be taken by a special court for the third time on Wednesday, as it was yet to receive a copy of the High Court’s August 4 order on the powers of the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor.

Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry, who had earlier fixed the matter for Wednesday to hear arguments on the issue, put up the case for November 21. This is the third time that the special court could not take up the matter due to non-receipt of the HC verdict.

Before this, the matter came up before it on August 22 and September 20.

“Order of the Delhi High Court has not yet been received.

List the matter on November 21 for arguments,” the court said. The high court in its August 4 verdict had set aside the special court’s earlier order turning down the Delhi government’s notification appointing a Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the case.

While advocate Sanjay Kumar Gupta was appointed SPP by LG Najeeb Jung last year, advocate B S Joon was notified for the post by the AAP government. However, the special court had in September last year observed that the LG-appointed SPP would conduct proceedings in the matter, which was challenged by the Delhi government before the high court.

The high court had held that the LG has to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers while exercising the power to appoint an SPP for any case.

It had set aside the trial court’s September 7, 2015 order and directed the special judge to pass an appropriate order afresh in accordance with law.

The ruling assumes significance as, of late, various criminal matters, including the transport scam, in the high court and trial courts have witnessed heated arguments between prosecutors appointed by the Delhi government and the LG, as to who would represent the state or the police.

The Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi Government had on September 3 last year filed its charge sheet in the court naming nine persons, including two IAS officers, as accused in the transport scam case. 
The court is yet to take cognisance of the charge-sheet. 
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