The Supreme Court (SC) of India today heard and disposed off the petition filed by Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) Vice President Mr. Kunga Nima Lepcha challenging the Gazette Notification issued by the State Government withdrawing the Jurisdiction of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 in Sikkim.
The Notification issued on 21st July last year, implied that the CBI which is governed by the Act cannot function in the State any more. It is learnt that the SPCC had filed a PIL on 15th of July, 2011 at SC challenging the state government notification on CBI enquiry.
SPCC President Mr. Nar Bahadur Bhandari informing media said that the Supreme Court though disposed off the matter even gave liberty to the petitioner to file a fresh petition challenging the order of the State Government of Sikkim.
Adding more Mr. Bhandari informed that this order had been issued in response to the request made by the CBI seeking consent of the State Government to formally investigate the allegations made against the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling inclusive of 12 others.
The SPCC President Mr. Bhandari have urged the people of state not to get carried away by false rumors being circulated by some vested interest individual in respect of the case too.
On the other hand, the ruling SDF Party has reacted in a balanced manner to the development. The party spokesperson Mr. Bhim Dahal though once again questioned the credentials of Mr. Lepcha as a social worker, observed that the case was destined to meet the fate.
Mr. Dahal however informed that a formal reaction over the matter will be issued after going through the Supreme Court’s Order. Meanwhile, the Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad Party has stressed that if the SDF led Government is clean on corruption issue then it must allow CBI to initiate investigations in Sikkim.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail