A petition seeking a directive to the CBI to lodge an FIR in the State Data Centre case and commence investigation immediately was filed before the High Court on Wednesday.
The petitioner, Jomon Puthenpurakkal, is seeking a directive to the CBI Director to entrust the probe to an officer not below the IPS rank, within a time frame to be fixed by the court. The petitioner also argued that T G Nandakumar, lobbyist and middleman, who is an accused in the case, besides Reliance Communications Infrastructure Ltd, also accused, had influence at high level and they would make attempts to influence the investigation. “Therefore, it is essential that the probe is entrusted with CBI personnel not below the rank of an IPS officer,” it is stated in the petition.
The Centre had informed the Kerala High Court that it had issued a notification asking the CBI to take over the investigation into the irregularities in the award of contract .