The CBI on Tuesday vehemently opposed in the Supreme Court permission for NRI businessman and Vectra company chief Ravi Rishi to visit the United Kingdom for medical treatment, saying he may not return.
Appearing before a bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and J. Chelameswar, Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval submitted that the investigating agency was apprehensive that Rishi, if allowed to leave the country, would not return.
Rishi is facing a CBI probe in connection with alleged irregularities in supply of Tatra all-terrain trucks to BEML, the state-owned firm that in turn supplies the trucks to the Army.
The ASG stated that Rishi’s alleged role in the deal and conduct during the investigation does not inspire confidence and his plea to travel abroad was only an “attempt to evoke the sympathy of this court.”
The CBI placed before the bench various medical reports including sonography to state “there is no danger” to his health.
Responding to certain queries from the bench, which was not convinced with the CBI’s argument, the ASG maintained that there were certain facts that cannot be stated in an affidavit but can be disclosed in a sealed cover to the court.
“There are certain things which we cannot put on an affidavit. I can disclose these things in a sealed cover to your Lordships as to what materials we have collected. He is the prime accused in the FIR, a central figure in all the documents of the investigating agency,” Raval said.
However, senior counsel for Rishi, Mukul Rohatgi, rejected the CBI allegations and said it was only an attempt to “cover up” the role of the BEML in the entire episode.
“I am willing to keep my house in Delhi worth Rs. 100 crore as a surety,” Rohatgi said, while seeking permission for his client to travel abroad.