The Supreme Court of India has questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation intention for not filing their reply in the plea moved by Dr. Subramanian Swamy for inquiring into the role of Reserve Bank of India officials in various banking scams that have taken place in recent past.
A bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Vikram Nath have thus directed the parties for filing their pleadings.The matter has now been put up again on March 20,2023 for further order.
Dr. Subramanian Swamy, who appeared in person, asked the Court,while the hearing was on whether CBI will file a counter.
This submission was made in the backdrop of the previous hearing wherein Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had informed Court that CBI will not be filing its response in the instant plea.
The Solicitor General told that CBI has already started to investigate the case and incase of any complicity from RBI officials, they will also be investigated. The Solicitor General however added that there can’t be a separate set of investigations for one set of officers only.
As per the plea it was mentioned that the involvement of RBI officials in scams involving various entities such as Kingfisher, Bank of Maharashtra, and Yes Bank has not been probed so far.
Swamy in his plea also placed reliance on information obtained under the Right to Information Act, 2005 that reveals that none of the RBI officers has been held responsible or questioned for any dereliction of duty in case of any fraud reported by any bank.
The Plea also says that it seems that the RBI officials had acted in demonstrable active connivance in direct violation of statutes such as the Reserve Bank of India Act, Banking Regulation Act, and State Bank of India Act.