Data Centre Case: Petition in HC Seeking Centre's Nod for CBI Probe
A petition has been filed before the Kerala High Court challenging the delay in issuing special notification by the Central Government entrusting the probe into the data centre case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The petition was filed by Jomon Puthenpurackel. Even though the state government had issued the notification in this regard around three months ago, the Centre has not yet issued a special notification giving its nod. The petitioner had also sent a representation to the CBI Director requesting to speed up the procedure to take over the case.The petitioner argued that three months had passed since the state issued the notification.
He argued that the accused have close links with some top officials at the state-level as well as at the Centre. The petitioner alleged that T G Nandakumar, against whom a Vigilance case is pending, had amassed `100 crore through illegal dealings.
The state had earlier informed the High Court that it had decided to seek a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the awarding of tenders for operating the State Data Centre (SDC) and three network operating centres under the State Information Infrastructure, to Reliance Communications Ltd by the previous government.
The Bench had recoded the submission and disposed of the case. The order was passed on a petition by Government Chief Whip P C George seeking CBI probe into the role of the then Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan and four others - the former director of Kerala State IT Mission Retan Khelkar, former IT Secretary Ajay Kumar, T G Nandakumar and Mohan Sukumar- in the awarding of the tender.
According to him, the decision to hand over the management of the SDC to Reliance was taken by Achuthanandan before the change in the government. He alleged that as the data centre kept detailed information about all the government offices and officials, handing over its functioning to a private company posed a major security risk.
The HC order was challenged by Nandakumar before the Supreme Court, but it was dismissed, the petitioner pointed out.