HC defers hearing on Shukla’s plea till Oct 15
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The Allahabad High Court today deferred the hearing on the petition of IAS officer Pradeep Shukla, an accused in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, till October 15. The petition sought quashing of five FIRs registered against him in connection with the case.
The postponement came in the wake of the stay granted by the Supreme Court on Monday in connection with August 30 order of the High Court in which the latter had decided to treat Shukla's petition as PIL and monitor the investigations periodically. The order was passed on a special leave petition (SLP) filed by the CBI before the apex court.
A division bench of Justices Amar Saran and Pankaj Naqvi postponed the hearing after CBI counsel Anurag Khanna produced a copy of the order before the court. The CBI counsel, however, added that the court has not stayed the normal hearing of the petition.
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