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Land for job case: CBI submits before court to file supplementary chargesheet


 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday submitted before a Delhi Special court that they will file a supplementary chargesheet in a case related to an alleged land for job scam in the Railways in which RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and 16 others are arraigned as accused.

Special MPs/MLA’s Cases Judge Vishal Gogne after hearing the submission on behalf of CBI adjourned the matter till February 27.

The Judge said the pending applications may be taken up after the supplementary chargesheet is filed.

Delhi High Court vide directions dated 21.12.2023, in Court on its own motion vs. Union of India and Ors. W.P. (Crl.) 1542/2020, has directed that The designated Courts shall, as far as possible, list such cases at least once a week; not grant any adjournment in the same unless extremely necessary and shall take all requisite steps for expeditious disposal of such cases.

Wherever the examination/ cross-examination of a witness stretches beyond the given day, the matter, as far as possible, shall be listed on a day-to-day basis till the evidence of such witness is concluded, it said.

The above directions were in consequence of the order of the Supreme Court dated 09.11.2023 in W. P. (C) No.699/2016 titled Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay vs. Union of India & Anr. wherein it was directed that The designated Courts shall give priority : (i). first to criminal cases against MP’s & MLA’s punishable with death or life imprisonment then to (ii) cases punishable with imprisonment for 5 years or more, and then hear (iii) other cases. The Trial Courts shall not adjourn the cases except for rare and compelling reasons.

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