Centre moves SC on CBI verdict, to be heard today evening

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New Delhi:The Centre today challenged before the Supreme Court the Gauhati High Court order declaring CBI as unconstitutional and sought a stay on it contending that the verdict will adversely impact thousands of criminal cases pending across the country.
 
The matter will be heard by Chief Justice P Sathasivam at his residence at 4:30 PM.
 
The lawyer of Navendra Kumar, petitioner before the Gauhati High Court, filed a caveat and went to the residence of the CJI wanting to know whether the Centre's plea would be taken up.
 
After the return of the CJI from an official function, one of his staff told Kumar's lawyer L S Chaudhary and the waiting media that the CJI will hear the matter at 4:30 PM.
 
In its appeal, the government sought an urgent hearing against the high court order saying it "directly impacts about nine thousand trials currently underway and about one thousand investigations which are being undertaken by the CBI." 
 
The Special Leave Petition settled by Attorney General G E Vahanvati, said "if the impugned order is not stayed, it will frustrate the law machinery and may result in multiplicity of proceedings." 

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