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Supreme Court orders formation SIT on black money within a week


May 23, 2014 - New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Friday while extending the deadline by a week for the Centre for creation of a Special Investigation Team in all cases of black money. It directed that all documents relating to black money be kept in safe custody of a secretary level officer of the revenue department.

It may be recalled that on May 1, the apex court had ordered to issue a notification for the formation of a SIT to be headed by former Supreme Court Judge M.B.Shaw and extended the deadline by a week on May 21.

The case

The Special Investigation Team set up in 2011 to monitor the probe conducted by government agencies in the black money case remained dormant. Former Justice BP Jeevan Reddy expressed inability to head the team, a bench comprising of Justices Ranjana P Desai and Madan B Lokur led by Justice HL Dattu reconstituted the SIT with former judge MB Shah as its chairperson and Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat its vice-chairperson in the first week of May. The Bench directed the Union of India to issue appropriate notification and also requested the Chairperson and vice-chairperson of the SIT to initiate actions as expeditiously as possible. The bench, also comprising Justices Ranjana P Desai and Madan B Lokur, further directed the Centre to make public by sharing with petitioner, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, all details regarding 26 account holders in Liechtenstein Bank in Germany who were investigated in the case.

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