SC vexed over Rajasthan govt’s inaction in illegal arms case

The Supreme Court has asked the Rajasthan government to reply as to why sanction has not been granted for prosecution of state government officials involved in illegal sale of arms and ammunition. The Apex Court has now said that it can order a CBI inquiry if the state police finds it difficult to probe.

A bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar also asked chief secretary to file an affidavit on the investigation carried out by the Rajasthan Police into the 14 FIRs pertaining to the case in which several IAS officers and army officers have been named as accused.

"In view of the fact that serious allegations are made against the IAS officers and others, we consider it appropriate to direct the Chief Secretary to file a comprehensive affidavit," within three weeks, the bench said. This scam came to light in 2007 when some local authorities in Rajasthan’s Ganganagar district noticed that several licences were issued to anti social elements, including terrorists and smugglers by local authorities without any verification.

During investigation it was revealed that in this racket several army officials, IAS officers and officials from Rajasthan State Service, were allegedly involved in the sale of arms to dubious elements.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 9

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