SC gives former NDA government clean chit over ‘Kargil scam’
New Delhi: More than a decade later after a PIL was filed against the NDA government, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) levelling allegations of corruption related to the purchase of materials such as coffins, missiles and munitions.
A bench of Justices T S Thakur and V Gopala Gowda accepted the CBI’s report which said it had not found anyone guilty of indulging in irregularity or corruption in the alleged scam despite a PIL claiming that the scam was worth Rs 24,000 crore. Filed in 2004, the PIL alleged that in the aftermath of the Kargil victory, the NDA government had made several crores of defence material purchases in which politicians, middlemen and several foreign firms made money to the tune of Rs 24,000 crore.
The apex court, which has been monitoring the case since 2004, closed the matter and disposed of the PIL after the Centre and the CBI said all the accused were discharged by the trial court and nothing survived in the case.
Investigations in the case were extended to Germany, Mauritius, the UK, Israel and the UAE, for which letters rogatory were issued. Following investigations, CBI did not find any irregularities and filed a closure report which was accepted by the trial court.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet in the aluminium casket purchase case before the trial court on August 13, 2009. The trial court had on December 2013 discharged all Army officials and Baiza was finally discharged in September this year.