New Delhi: Opposing the plea for permission to travel abroad, CBI today submitted in the Supreme Court a status report on the probe relating to NRI businessman and controversial Vectra company chief Ravinder Rishi for alleged irregularities in supply of Tatra trucks BEML.
Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra placed the status report in a sealed cover which was read by a bench of justices Altamas Kabir and Chelemeshar.
The bench, after going through the report, asked the registry to “re-seal” the report.
The Apex Court also brushed aside the plea of Rishi for expeditious hearing of the matter after his counsel submitted that the matter was urgent as the NRI needed medical attention.
“Why you don’t have doctors in India? What is the difficulty in getting him examined by doctors in India,” the bench shot back.
The Apex Court however, directed CBI and the Centre to file their response to the amended petition moved by Rishi challenging among other things the “look-out notice” issued by the probe agency.
Rishi had moved the Apex Court seeking permission to visit the United Kingdom for medical treatment of his various ailments, which CBI has vehemently opposed saying he may not return.
57-year-old British national, Rishi, is facing a CBI probe in connection with alleged irregularities in supply of Tatra all-terrain trucks to public sector BEML.
CBI had earlier told the court that the accused’s alleged role in the deal and conduct during the investigation does not inspire confidence and his plea to travel abroad was only an “attempt to evoke the sympathy of this court”.
CBI placed before the bench various medical reports, including sonography, to state “there is no danger” to Rishi’s health.