HC lashes out at CBI orders probe against Aggarwal

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New Delhi, Sep 22 (UNI) Criticising the CBI for adopting ''discriminatory attitude'' while conducting a probe against influential people, the Delhi Court today ordered the investigating agency to file a criminal complaint against Pankaj Aggarwal-- the alleged mastermind of the 250-crore Co-operative Society scam.

Justice S N Dhingra, after hearing a petition filed by Earthern Enterprises-- an agent of the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED)-- that certain NAFED officials had allegedly colluded with some businessman in abroad to defraud the government to the tune of crores of rupees and that the CBI had not lodged any complaint against them, directed the agency to register the case against Aggarwal.

The Judge observed, ''I am pained that the law of the country punishes small offenders harshly and the big fish who defraud the exchequer to the tune of crores of rupees are let-off easily.'' The complaint was lodged last year by the Earthern Enterprises against Aggarwal, who is living in Dubai. NAFED Managing Director had also filed a complaint agaist Aggarwal but the CBI had failed to take any appropriate action against him and he was released after taking an anticipatory bail from the trial court.


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