NEW DELHI: Former Delhi high court judge Shameet Mukherjee passed orders in
cases that were not being heard by him, the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) has alleged. While passing an order in the case
of Azad Singh versus Delhi Development Authority, Mukherjee also
passed an order with respect to four other cases filed to oppose the
widening of Aruna Asaf Ali road.
‘‘Mukherjee wanted his judgement
in one of the cases to be applied to all related pending cases. He
also mentioned their suit numbers in his order,’’ a CBI officer
When DDA’s counsel in the high
court Gita Mittal asked the authority to file an appeal before a
division bench, she was removed. ‘‘At Mukherjee’s instance, the
alleged middleman Dharambir Khattar spoke to property dealer Vinod
Khatri who paid former vice-chairman Subhash Sharma to get Mittal
removed,’’ the officer said.
‘‘We were surprised to get a
note from chief legal adviser S K Tandon, transferring the case to
Rakesh Munjal,’’ a DDA officer said.
According to a CBI officer, five
cases were filed in the high court opposing the widening of
Aruna Asaf Ali Road
by the Public Works Department. While the cases were filed by
different persons, the CBI alleges that they were fronts for
property dealer Vinod Khatri.
In his order passed on
February 17, 2003,
Mukherjee allowed the petitioner’s permission to hold a
sub-divisional magistrate’s inquiry. He dismissed the DDA’s request
to widen the road by 45 metres and said it could be done only by 20
Mittal was removed immediately
after she asked the DDA to file an appeal against this order. On
February 20, in the order that was recovered from Khattar’s Jangpura
office, the former judge had asked the SDM to hold a fair inquiry
and not behave like a DDA’s officer.
‘‘We had opposed the inquiry
because it was easy for the residents to ma nipulate the records,’’
the officer said.