New Delhi Aug 26(ILNS): The Supreme Court, today, sought the counter-affidavit from the Central Government after hearing a petition filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking directions to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to register an FIR and probe the alleged duty evasion by 61 companies in allegedly ‘smuggling’ iron ore to China since 2015.
The bench comprising of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant also reprimanded Adv. Sharma because he has impleaded 61 companies without the permission of the court. The bench also read the whole office order of the case and asked, “show us where we have granted liberty to amend the petition and implead the 61 companies?”
Sharma replied that the permission was granted to him by then Chief Justice SA Bobde orally and the same was not given to him in writing. But the bench refused to accept the contention of Sharma.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who was appearing for the Centre sought 2 weeks’ time to file the response. And he also added that generally Mr. Sharma is in the habit of filing 2 pages of a crisp draft of the matter but this time he has submitted the 50 pages lengthy well-written draft, but the foundation of the draft is wrong.
The petitioner, Sharma, submitted to the Apex Court that a fixed date should be given for listing for this matter. The CJI accepted his request and directed the court master to give him a fixed date after 4 weeks. The CJI, then, adjourned the matter.
The petitioner-cum-lawyer, Sharma had moved the Apex Court seeking its appropriate orders and or directions to the CBI to register an FIR and probe the alleged duty evasion by 61 companies in allegedly ‘smuggling’ iron ore to China since 2015./ILNS/AV/SNG