In a major relief to BJP National Vice President and former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra in Congress, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of the Chhattisgarh government, which had challenged an order of the High Court. The High Court had stopped the investigation of the Toolkit case. The Supreme Court urged the High Court for the speedy disposal of the case. The Bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana, Justice Suryakant and Hima Kohli heard the case.
On behalf of the Chhattisgarh government, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared in the Supreme Court. Singhvi said that if he goes to the High Court, then there should be a hearing. Referring to the High Court order, Singhvi said, "It states that a petitioner is a political person. If he is a political person, then you will immediately decide?”
It is alleged that Raman Singh and Sambit Patra had uploaded a forged document on social media as a toolkit of Congress.
Advocate Singhvi said that according to the High Court, there is no case. So now what is left for him to go back to?' The Supreme Court bench said, "Don't waste your energy, we are not interested in interfering in the matter. Let the High Court decide it. We will see the High Court observation."
First FIR in Toolkit
First Information Report (FIR) against former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra in the matter was filed in Raipur on the complaint of NSUI state president Akash Sharma, following which Civil Lines Police went to Dr Singh's residence and recorded his statement.
FIR was filed four months back
The first FIR was registered on May 19 at Raipur's Civil Lines police. Sections 504, 505(1) 505(1)(B) and 505(1)(C), 469 like and 188 were imposed on Dr Singh and Patra in the case.
Politics heats up
Raman Singh shared a Toolkit on social media and alleged Congress of conspiring to defame the country.
Misuse of the process
To avoid investigation and arrest, Dr Raman Singh and Sambit Patra had sought relief from the High Court. A single bench of Justice Narendra Kumar Vyas stayed the investigation and action in the matter. The High Court was of the view that the case has been filed by a political person with political motives. It was said, the police has registered an FIR without checking the veracity of the complaint. Continuing the investigation based on this FIR would be nothing but an abuse of process. The state government moved the Supreme Court against this High Court order.