NEW DELHI, Aug 26 - In a major respite to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the Gauhati High Court order directing the CBI to probe alleged corruption in award of tenders during his tenure as Public Works Department Minister.
Agreeing to hear his plea, a Supreme Court Bench, comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice Amitava Roy issued notice in the Special Leave Petition and stayed the order of the High Court.
Tuki challenged the High Court order, which he claimed was passed without hearing the parties and entrusting investigation into a 10-year-old contract, which had already been executed.
The High Court bench passed the order on August 21 without the presence of State Government�s counsel.
In his Special Leave Petition, Tuki levelled a grave charge against the High Court. �The Gauhati High Court in a haste transferred on a Sunday by telephonic message all the PIL cases from the Itanagar Bench to the Principal Bench at Gauhati and listed the matters for hearing on the very next day, Monday,� he said.
The allegations against Tuki relate to award of government contracts to his relatives without following the normal procedure of inviting tenders. He allegedly abused his official position as Minister to award contracts to his wife Nabam Yani, sister-in-law, brother and other relatives.
One Nabam Tagam had moved the High Court levelling allegations against Tuki and others by filing a PIL. Later, when he sought to withdraw the PIL, the High Court registered it afresh as a suo motu writ petition.
�The favour shown to each of the kith and kin amounts to distinct and different offences. It is, therefore, directed that the CBI register a case and conduct investigation against alleged misconduct of Nabam Tuki. The CBI is directed to take the case records and other documents of this case in their custody from the Registry of this Court for the purpose of investigation,� the High Court had said in its order.