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Paazee scam: HC permits CBI to continue investigation

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

A Division Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, said, "..

Considering the facts and circumstances of the case, the investigation may go on. However, there shall be a direction not to pass a final report till the disposal of the writ appeal."

The court had earlier dismissed Kumar's petition to quash the investigations pending against him, in connection with case.

Kumar had prayed for a direction to forbear the investigating authorities, including the CBI from proceeding with their inquiry into the allegations, said to have been committed by him, in connection with the case registered by the Economic Offences Wing of the Tamil Nadu Police.

He contended that an inquiry or investigation could be conducted by CBI into any offence alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, only with the previous approval of the Central Government.

Investigation by the police revealed that while working as Inspector General of Police, West Zone, Coimbatore, Kumar abused his official position during 2009-10 and extorted money to an extent of Rs 2.85 crore from the Directors of M/s Paazee Group of Companies.

Kumar was placed under suspension and was arrested on May two for the offences under IPC Sections 384 (punishment for extortion), 506(i) (punishment for intimidation) and 507 (Criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication) and Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women (Amendment) Act, 2002 and section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

First Published: Sat, January 05 2013. 00:00 IST
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