Order Reserved On Plea Against CBI Probe Into Tamil Nadu Gutkha Scam

The high court had ordered the CBI probe following a petition filed by DMK legislator J Anbazhagan.

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Order Reserved On Plea Against CBI Probe Into Tamil Nadu Gutkha Scam

The Tamil Nadu government has banned the manufacture and storage of gutkha


New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today reserved its order on a plea filed against a CBI probe ordered by the Madras High Court into the multi-crore rupees gutkha scam in which a minister and top state police officers and officials are alleged to be involved.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was hearing a petition filed by accused E Sivakumar, challenging the April 26 order of the high court.

The plea said the high court passed the order when the investigation relating to the allegations of violation of the ban on gutkha and other tobacco products by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Commission had commenced and was at an advanced stage .

The high court had ordered the CBI probe following a petition filed by DMK legislator J Anbazhagan.

The case relates to an Income Tax Department raid in the offices, residences and godowns of a gutkha manufacturer in Tamil Nadu in 2016. A diary seized then allegedly listed bribe payments made to various officials.

The Tamil Nadu government has banned the manufacture and storage of gutkha -- a tobacco product. However, the product was reportedly available in the market with the alleged connivance of the police officers and others.

The petition has contended that the probe transfer order was given without hearing any of the accused persons and without looking into the status of the investigation.


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