Madras HC directs Police inquiry in case of missing 103kg of gold

The Madras High Court recently directed Tamil Nadu police (CBCID) to probe into the loss of 103kg of gold from the Central Bureau of Investigation’s custody.

The Court rejected the Central agency’s objections to being investigated by the State police.

Justice PN Prakash observed in his judgment: “The learned Special Public Prosecutor contended that the prestige of the CBI would come down, if investigation is done by the local police. This Court cannot subscribe to this view, because, the law does not sanction such an inference. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗕𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗻𝘀, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗮 𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹.”

CBI seized 400.47 kgs of illegally imported gold from a company, Surana Corporation Limited (Surana) during a raid in the year 2012.

While ordering the CBCID probe, the Court added: “It may be an Agni Pariksha for the CBI, but, that cannot be helped. If their hands are clean, like Sita, they may come out brighter, if not, they would have to face the music. Averments with regard to weight in a panchanama cannot be taken lightly, especially in a case of this nature when the difference is not a few grams, but, a whopping one lakh grams. Be it noted, in NDPS Act cases, weight of the contraband determines the quantum of punishment.”

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