CBI was today at the receiving end of a special court which observed that it was wasting its time by “dumping” files of coal blocks allocation scam cases and filing “illegible” documents, making a “mockery” of the entire process.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said that by filing illegible and blank documents in the court, the agency was wasting the court’s time and if the process would go like this, then the matter would not proceed at a proper speed.
“You are making a mockery of the entire process. I cannot read the file, I cannot start the arguments. What should I do? Should I close the court for a month due to this?,” the judge said.
“The way CBI is submitting documents, it will not work. The photocopies are illegible and they are dumping it like anything. This case can’t go like this. There are so many pages which are blank.
When I can’t read, how will I make out what’s there in the documents,” the judge said.
The judge also pulled up CBI for the slow pace of the case and said that he would now order proceedings on a day-to-day basis.
“I took over as special judge on August 19 and today it is September 12. I can’t waste more time and I can’t go like this and can’t conduct the case like this. I want to start the case on a day-to-day basis,” he said and warned the investigating officer of imposing costs on the top officials of the agency.
The judge started showing all the documents, which were not proper, to the IO and CBI’s Superintendent of Police who was called in the court saying the case cannot go like this.
CBI also faced tough time in the court for not bringing the case diary as the judge questioned it for not following proper procedure.
“I do not know what procedure has been followed by CBI. Why case diary is not in the court? Whenever I ask for any document, they (IO) says it is in the CBI’s office. I think there is no requirement of standing instructions, its procedure and practice of the court and procedure is the mandate of law.
“When I have to see for something, I have to defer the case as the file is not here. It is presumed that documents are of no concern to you anymore,” the judge said.
The observations came while the court was hearing closure report filed by the CBI in its FIR lodged against Kumar Mangalam Birla, former coal secretary P C Parakh and others.