Former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra have got a big relief from the Supreme Court in the toolkit case. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition of the Chhattisgarh government against the order of the High Court to stay the investigation against former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, BJP leader Sambit Patra in the toolkit case.
On the complaint of Akash Sharma, Chhattisgarh state president of Congress’ student wing NSUI, Raipur Civil Line Police had registered an FIR against both of them on 19 May 2021. A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramanna, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli of the Supreme Court, while dismissing the petition of the state government, said on Wednesday that it does not want to interfere in the matter. The High Court should be allowed to do its work in this matter.
Earlier, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Chhattisgarh government, sought a hearing before the bench considering the observations of the High Court. But the bench rejected their arguments saying, “Don’t waste your energy. We are not inclined to interfere. We reject SLP.
Let us tell you that on the basis of the complaint of NSUI state president, Chhattisgarh Police had registered a case under sections 504, 505, 469 and 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
Sharma had alleged that Sambit Patra was sharing fake documents through Congress letterhead and making false allegations against Congress on the pretext of toolkit. At the same time, Raman Singh was accused of creating tension between the communities. An inquiry notice was also sent to Singh and Patra. Justice Narendra Kumar Vyas of the High Court, while hearing in June, had considered the FIR against the two as motivated by mala fide and political malice. He had said, “Prima facie no case is made out against the petitioner after perusing the facts and the FIR. Clearly action has been taken against the petitioner out of malice or political malice.
On this basis, the court had stayed the investigation on the basis of the FIR registered. The court had held that continuing the investigation would be an abuse of law.
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