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TRS MLAs Poaching Case : Supreme Court Sets Aside HC Direction Allowing SIT Probe To Continue, Asks HC To Decide Plea For CBI Investigation

Deepankar Malviya
24 Nov 2022 4:48 AM GMT
TRS MLAs Poaching Case : Supreme Court Sets Aside HC Direction Allowing SIT Probe To Continue, Asks HC To Decide Plea For CBI Investigation
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The Supreme Court on November 21 quashed the directions passed by the Telangana High Court on November 15 which allowed the Telangana Police Special Investigation Team to proceed with the investigation in the alleged TRS MLAs poaching case under the monitoring of the High Court.

Allowing a petition filed by three accused in the case -Ramachandra Bharti, Kore Nandu Kumar and D. P. S. K. V. N. Simhayaji- the Supreme Court requested the single bench to consider the writ petition filed by them seeking the probe to be transferred to the CBI on its own merits and in accordance with the law expeditiously within a period of 4 weeks. The Court noted that the writ petition filed by the accused is pending before the single bench and is posted on November 29.

Both sides- the accused and the State of Telangana - agreed that matter needs to be reconsidered by the Single Judge on its own merits without being influenced by the observations made by the Division Bench.

The Division Bench, while refusing to stall the investigation, had also directed the SIT to carry out the probe under the monitoring of the High Court and to not report to any political or executive agency. The SIT was also directed to submit its first report before the single bench in a sealed cover and was prohibited from leaking information to the media.

Disapproving the Division Bench directions, the Supreme Court observed, "we find that some of the directions which are issued by the learned judges of the Division Bench are not sustainable in law".

"The impugned judgment(s) and order(s) dated 15.11.2022 passed by the Division Bench is, therefore, quashed and set aside", the Court's order stated.

A bench comprising of Justices B. R. Gavai and Vikram Nath also refused to entertain the appeals made by the accused challenging the 29th October judgment whereby the High Court directed the petitioners to surrender before the Commissioner of police, Cyberabad Commissionerate. The court asked the High Court to consider the bail applications if filed by the petitioners expeditiously.

The three petitioners were arrested by the Cyberabad Police for allegedly attempting to solicit four TRS MLAs with large sums of money. The first Additional Special Judge for SPE and ACB cases at Hyderabad had rejected the remand application filed by the the Asst. Commissionerate of Police, Rajendranagar Division, Cyberabad Commissionerate. The trial judge rejected the remand application on the ground that the mandatory notice under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure was not issued to the accused persons.

The order of the trial court was challenged by the State before the High Court. The State argued that the observations in the case of Arnesh Kumar would not be applicable in the case. The High Court set aside the order of the trial court and directed the petitioners to surrender. The trial court pursuant to the order of the Supreme Court dated 4th November considered the bail applications and rejected it.
The petitioner had also field another writ petition before the High Court seeking the investigation to be transferred to CBI or SIT. When the single bench refused to stall the investigation, the appellants moved the division bench. The division bench passed the impugned judgment taking note of the fact that the State formed an SIT in the meanwhile
Case details

Ramachandra Barathi @ Sathish Sharma V.K. vs State of Telangana | 2022 LiveLaw (SC) 986 | SLP(Crl) 10356/2022 | 21 Nov 2022 | Justices BR Gavai and Vikram Nath

Headnotes

Constitution of India, 1950 ; Article 141 - High Court is not a Court to subordinate to the Supreme Court. However, when the High Court deals with judgments of this Court, which are binding on everyone under Article 141 of the Constitution of India, it is expected that the judgments have to be dealt with due respect.

Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 ; Section 41A - The observations made in the impugned judgment [State of Telangana vs Ramachandra Barathi @ Sathish Sharma V.K.] which are contrary to the observations made in the case of Arnesh Kumar Vs. State of Bihar (2014) 8 SCC 273 would not be treated as a binding precedent in the State of Telangana.

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