IPS officer challenges CAT order in Madras HC
More updates surrounding the IPL betting case investigations.
Chennai, Mar 13 (PTI) IPS officer G Sampath Kumar today approached the Madras High Court challenging a CAT order upholding a charge memo issued by the state home secretary pursuant to his deposition before a committee appointed to probe the IPL betting case.
A division bench of justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and RMT Teeka Raman, before whom the petition came up for hearing, issued notice to the home secretary, returnable by two weeks.
Kumar investigated the betting and spot-fixing related to the Indian Premier League cricket tournament in 2013 as the then 'Q' Branch Superintendent of Police of Tamil Nadu.
A year later, he was booked on the charge of abusing his official position and collecting Rs 1.35 lakh from three persons allegedly involved in the IPL scam by promising to save them from prosecution.
Besides cheating and criminal intimidation charges, the officer had been slapped with offences punishable under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Kumar was subsequently suspended.
The Tamil Nadu government had recently revoked Kumar's suspension after being given a clean chit on charges of accepting bribe from bookies involved in the IPL betting scam.
In 2015, Kumar claimed that he had been unnecessarily implicated in the case with an "intention of silencing him from probing the IPL betting scandal".
The IPS officer today submitted that the charge memo was issued with mala fide intention and ulterior motive for the reason that he deposed before the Justice Mudgal Committee regarding the details of the investigation carried out by him along with suggestions for the course of investigation.
The deposition was made by him, when he was summoned by the committee after obtaining permission from the DGP, he said.
He further submitted that he was placed under suspension and issued with charge memo only with an ulterior motive to prevent him from participating in the proceedings before the committee constituted by the Supreme Court.
Kumar alleged that the deposition evoked displeasure from some quarters and only on their influence he was placed under suspension.
Challenging the charge memo, he had filed a plea before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), which directed the authorities to re-open the inquiry and to permit him to cross-examine the witnesses for the prosecution and thereafter to let his evidence be submitted in writing as per law.
Though the inquiry was proceeded with as per the orders passed by CAT, the charges were framed against him without authority of law and the dictum laid down by the Supreme Court, he submitted.
Noting that he was entitled to challenge the order passed by the CAT, he said the charge memo suffers lack of jurisdiction as it was not approved by the disciplinary authority viz the chief minister.