SC declines plea seeking CBI inquiry against MP CM

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New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a petition seeking CBI inquiry into allegations of corruption against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrisnan and Justice R V Raveendran, however permitted the petitioner, Jamuna Devi Leader of the Opposition in Madhya Pradesh State Assembly, the liberty to move the High Court.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioner had alleged that Lokayukt was humiliated and some MLAs even raised objections regarding the competence of the Lokayukt to look into the complaint.

The apex court however told the petitioner to approach the High Court instead of coming directly to the Supreme Court as no violation of any fundamental right is involved in the case.

According to the petitioner, the BJP Chief Minister and his wife are aquiring assets beyond their known sources of income through corrupt means in collusion with some industrial houses in the state by misusing his official status.

According to Jamuna Devi the couple is liable to be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The State Chief Minister was represented by a battery of senior lawyers led by former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee and Arun Jaitley.


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