Supreme Court ends Provident Fund scandal hearing

August 7th, 2008 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Aug 7 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday abruptly ended a hearing on the controversial Uttar Pradesh Provident Fund (PF) scandal allegedly involving some retired judges. A bench, comprising Justice B N Aggrawal, Justice V S Sirpurkar and Justice G S Singhvi abandoned the hearing following contemptuous remarks made by former Union Minister and senior counsel Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant Bhushan.
Justice Aggrawal observed that he was “recusing”. However, the other two judges neither agree nor differ. The matter has now been left to the Chief Justice of India for his decision.
The hearing was marred by an acrimonious exchange of words between Justice Aggrawal and Shanti Bhushan, resulting in abruptly end.
The Ghaziabad Bar Association and two other NGOs had filed petitions seeking either a judicial or a CBI probe into the rackets in which several crores of rupees belonging to Class IV employees had allegedly been pocketed by vested interests, including judges. (ANI)

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