The Delhi High Court on Thursday has served a notice upon the former telecom minister A Raja and others to make a response to the plea filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) seeking early hearing of their appeals challenging their acquittal. A week time has been given to them to file their response.
A single judge bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi have issued notice to all the people concerned for their earliest response. The matter has been listed for hearing on September 21. The court while talking about the likelihood of early hearing expressed, “We will just do our duty, the outcome is not in our hands…” Appearing for ED, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain said, “cannot keep the pot boiling only to enjoy the flavour. They have to assist the court…”
The hearing was initially listed for October 12. The matter has not been heard after its last hearing on January 15, when CBI concluded their arguments, due to the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. ASG Sanjay Jain also requested the Court to conduct the hearing at the earliest as Justice Sethi would demit the office on November 30. He is of the view that the country’s largest trial conducted at the public exchequer’s cost should be brought to a logical conclusion for public interest. The Enforcement Directorate approached the High Court on March 19, 2018 challenging the acquittal of all the accused. CBI too challenged the matter before the court a day later of the acquittal of the accused in the case