SC orders CBI probe in Rs 7 crore Ghaziabad GPF scam

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New Delhi, Sep 23 (UNI) The Supreme Court today ordered CBI investigation in the Rs 7 crore Ghaziabad District Court GPF scam in which 36 judges, including one sitting Supreme Court judge and 11 Allahabad and Uttarakhand High Court judges have been named as beneficiaries of the scam.

A bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat, V S Sirpurkar and G S Singhvi, accepting the request of the petitioner to monitor the investigation, directed the CBI to submit a status report to the Court within three months.

The apex court, however, said the CBI would be at liberty to file a final report/chargesheet in the appropriate court even before three months and the court should proceed according to the law.

The main accused, Ashutosh Asthana, former treasurer of the Ghaziabad District Court Treasury, presently in jail, had named 36 judges including one sitting Supreme Court judge, 11 High Court judges and 24 District and Session Court judges of Ghaziabad as beneficiaries of the scam.

Regarding the interrogation of sitting judges by the CBI, the apex court said till date no judge had been made an accused in the case and parameters would change once they were made accused in the case.

The apex court also told Solicitor General G E Vahanvati to submit the list of those accused in the case who were employees of Ghaziabad District Court.

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