NEW DELHI: The Delhi HC clarified on Monday that there was “no cut and paste” in its verdict rejecting the bail plea of former Union minister P Chidambaram and that the material it had taken from another case for use in its November 15 order was only for reference.
Justice Suresh Kait, who authored the November 15 order, took suo motu cognisance of news reports that claimed that facts from another case figured in its order rejecting bail. The judge moved hours after the ED separately approached the court seeking the removal of an “inadvertent” error in the original verdict denying bail to the Congress leader. Justice Kait said that nowhere was it mentioned that the observations made in a particular paragraph were of Chidambaram’s case.
“Thus there is no cut and paste as alleged and I hereby make it clear that observations made in paragraph 35 shall be read as and are confined to the case of ‘Rohit Tandon vs Enforcement Directorate’,” the judge said, adding that “only a reference to the observations made by this court in ‘Rohit Tandon vs Enforcement Directorate’… has been recorded”.
The HC concluded that two newspapers had published “wrong averments” and asked them to clarify.
With the jailed ex-minister raising it as grounds in the Supreme Court while challenging the high court’s rejection of his bail plea, the ED rushed to the HC with an application urging it to correct the “accidental slip/inadvertent error” in its November 15 verdict.





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