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Supreme Court indicated that the case relating to the Provident Fund (PF) scam of Ghaziabad in U.P might be transferred to a CBI court in Delhi.

Justice D. K. Jain, Justice V. S. Sirpurkar and Justice G. S. Singhvi bench hearing the PF scam case asked Attorney-General GE. Vahanvati to explore the possibility of shifting the case from Ghaziabad in view of an application filed by petitioner Nahar Singh Yadav seeking such a direction.

Senior counsel Shanti Bhushan and Anil Divan, appearing for the petitioners, said not a single charge-sheet had been filed since the CBI took over the probe.

When the Bench wanted to know the reason for delay, Mr. Vahanvati said the CBI was awaiting the report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory which was examining 21,000 documents and 6,000 specimen signatures.

The petitioners alleged that despite four status reports no charge-sheet had been filed against any judicial officer. Since the case involved misappropriation of funds from the public exchequer and manipulation of government accounts, it would be appropriate if the case was shifted from the Ghaziabad court to a CBI court in Delhi. The Bench asked Mr. Vahanvati to respond to the application and file a fresh status report within 4 weeks.

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