The Allahabad High Court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to constitute an SIT for conducting an enquiry in respect of encroachment of the government land, which was earmarked for irrigation department.

“Director C.B.I. should constitute an S.I.T. for which the decision has already been taken, and the S.I.T. will submit a progress report on or before 24.05.2023 before this Court. Final report should be submitted by 22.08.2023.The said S.I.T. will work under the supervision of Joint Director, C.B.I., Lucknow Region”, the bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh directed.

The Court also directed the Engineer in Chief to supply all the relevant documents to the C.B.I. within a period of one week so that the C.B.I. may carry out the investigation in a fair and professional manner.

“Once Vigilance enquiry gets concluded, a copy thereof, shall be handed over to the C.B.I. for its perusal and taking it on record. Housing and Urban Development, Lucknow Department of the State Government and Lucknow Development Authority shall give all the necessary documents to the C.B.I., which may be required for proper investigation”, the Court added further.

Advocate Anurag Singh appeared for the CBI.

During the previous day of hearing the Court had noted that a piece of government land got encroached allegedly in active connivance of the government officials, and that because of this connivance, a huge infrastructure of a school came up on the said government land.

“This Court believes that since high officials would be involved in allowing such a big encroachment by an influential people, a fair investigation may not be possible by the local police and, therefore, a preliminary inquiry in the said respect should be conducted by the CBI/SIT, especially constituted for this purpose”, the Court had noted.

Cause Title- Bharat Kishore Sinha v. State of UP & 2 Ors.

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