Hearing an appeal, in case pertaining to CLU scam, filed by Haryana government, a division bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the order by a single bench that had restricted the Haryana state from registering an FIR against former chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Vinod Bhayana in CLU scam.
Appearing for Haryana government, Additional Advocate General Palika Monga before bench headed by Justices Hemant Gupta argued that the single bench could not stay the registration of FIR and further investigation against Bhayana as it had been recommended by the Lokayukta.
The appeal had been filed against a single-judge bench order passed on December 24 that stayed the proceedings against Bhayana and four others former legislators who included former health minister Rao Narender Singh, Naresh Selwal, Ram Niwas Ghorela and Jarnail Singh. The state is expected to challenge the single judge order in the cases involving the four MLAs.
The division bench has already vacated stay on investigation in the case against the sixth accused in the scam, former CPS Ram Kishan Fauji.
The high court has fixed February 1 as next date of hearing.
The court was also told that the preliminary inquiry on the basis of a forensic report that the CD containing voice recordings of Bhayana had not been tampered with.
The Haryana Lokayukta Justice (retd.) Pritam Pal had recommended for registration of a criminal case after ADGP Kamaraj submitted a report.
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had complained and had produced CDs, which showed the accused MLAs demanding money for CLU.