Naan scam: File affidavit to show that former IAS officer misused anticipatory bail: Court

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New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file an affidavit within two weeks in support of its claim that former IAS officer Anil Tuteja misused the anticipatory bail granted to him in the alleged ‘Nagar Apurti Nigam’ (NAN) scam in Chhattisgarh.

A bench of Justices Abhay S Oka and Augustine George Masih expressed surprise that despite the filing of an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in 2019, the investigation in the case is yet to be completed and no complaint has been filed under the PMLA. The ECIR is the ED’s version of the FIR.

The bench said, “The statement of the learned ASG was recorded that the petitioner will file an affidavit in support of the argument that the facility of anticipatory bail granted to the respondents (Anil Tuteja and Alok Shukla) has been misused by them.” It said, “This order of granting anticipatory bail is dated August 14, 2020. We extend the time given to the petitioner to file an affidavit for a period of two weeks from today.” Additional Solicitor General (ASG) SV Raju, appearing for the ED, said that he did not want to file an affidavit as it would “present a very bad picture of the judiciary”. When the apex court asked Raju what the judiciary has to do with the allegations of misuse of anticipatory bail by the accused, the government lawyer said that he would file an affidavit.

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