NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered setting up of a special court to hold trial of coal blocks allocation scam and asked Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court to nominate a judge, who will deal with the cases arising out of the investigation conducted by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha also decided to appoint an eminent lawyer as Special Public Prosecutor for conducting the trial proceedings before the special court for which the Chief Justice of the HC has been asked to nominate a judge within a week.
“As of now we direct the Secretary General of the Supreme Court to write to the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court to take orders from the Chief Justice to nominate an officer from the Delhi Higher Judicial Service as Special Judge to deal with coal block allocation matters registered under the Indian Penal Code, Prevention of Corruption Act, Prevention of Money Laundering Act and other allied offences,” the Bench said.
Meanwhile, the Bench asked all the stakeholders to hold consultation for unanimous choice on the appointment of SPP, for conducting the trial of cases arising out of the probe in the coal blocks allocation scam.
“We want a person of impeccable integrity and with free legal mind,” the Bench said and the name of senior advocate Gopal Subramanium was mentioned as the first choice.
All the lawyers appearing in the matter, were in agreement with Subramanium’s name being suggested as SPP.