NEW DELHI: Within days of restraining the CBI, the Supreme Court on Friday told the Telangana police that it cannot continue with its probe into alleged criminal conspiracy behind attempt to poach BRS MLAs allegedly by the BJP.
A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and M M Sundresh issued the oral direction to the state police.
Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Telangana police, submitted before that the matter was mentioned for hearing as no formal notice was issued on the last date of hearing on March 13.
The court then decided to issue notice to the respondents including the central agency, the BJP and others.
On March 13, Telangana police had told the court said they have yet not handed over the case materials to the central agency, CBI.
The court had then ordered for posting the matter in July for further hearing.
Telangana police challenged the High Court's February 6 order which had upheld the direction for CBI probe into the matter.
It said the High Court has failed to consider that the CBI directly works under the Central Government and is under the control of the office of the Prime Minister and the Home Ministry.
Therefore, the High Court could not have entrusted the investigation to CBI in any case, it had said.
On February 6, the division bench had upheld the earlier order of a single judge on December 26, 2022 transferring the case to CBI.
BRS MLA Rohith Reddy in his complaint alleged that the accused had on October 26, 2022 offered him Rs 100 crore and in return the legislator had to leave the state ruling party.
The state government had on November 9, 2022 formed an SIT, comprising state police officers to investigate the matter.
The High Court said release of the CD of alleged sting operation by the Chief Minister on November 3, 2022 amounted to interference with the investigation.