In response to a PIL in PNB scam; central govt opposes independent probe
The central government opposed in the Supreme Court a PIL seeking an independent probe and deportation of jeweller Nirav Modi.
It need be mentioned that the case involved over Rs 11,000 crore PNB fraud case.
The central government said that an FIR had already been lodged and a probe was on.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it was at present not saying anything on the matter.
The PIL has been filed by lawyer Vineet Dhanda and the next hearing is most likely on March 16.
It was Attorney General K K Venugopal, who appeared for the central government and maintained that an inquiry had started after the FIR was registered.
The PIL has made Punjab National Bank, Reserve Bank of India and the ministries of finance and law and justice parties.
The plea has asked for a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the banking fraud allegedly involving billionaire jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.
It has also asked for a probe into the role of the top management of the Punjab National Bank (PNB). >