HC refuses to quash challan in Dutta Finance Scam

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 5: High Court today refused to quash the final report/challan/supplementary challan in the much publicized Dutta Finance Scam.
After hearing AAG Rakesh Khajuria for the State whereas Advocate Meharban Singh for the depositors, Justice Tashi Rabstan observed, “applying the parameters laid down in Bhajan Lal’s case, I do not find any case for quashment of proceedings at this stage”, adding “the contention raised by the counsel for the petitioner even if presumed to have some force would be relevant either at the stage of framing of charges or subsequently when petitioner accused leads his defence”.
With these observations, court said that no case for exercise of inherent jurisdiction under Section 561-A CrPC for quashing final report/challan/supplementary challan has been made out.
Accordingly, the court dismissed the petition along with connected MP(s). However, the court made it clear that the Trial Court shall not be influenced by any of the observations made in deciding the matter on its merits while dealing with this case.

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