Vacating the gag order passed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in a matter related to the Amravati land scam case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to interfere with the HC’s handling of the case.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan issued a notice requesting the High Court not to decide the writ petitions in the meanwhile while issuing notices to ex-Adv Gen, DGP, DG (ACB).
Upon hearing the argument between Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan who appeared for the state government and Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the former advocate general, the bench vacated the gag order and listed the matter for the last week of January.
To recall, Andhra Pradesh High Court on September 15th ordered a stay on the investigation into a land deal in Amaravati. Accepting a plea by the former advocate general, against whom the first information report was registered, the High Court also gagged the media from reporting on the details of the case or its context. Following this, the Andhra Pradesh government challenged the order.