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HC judge recuses from hearing plea by Vijay Nair

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PNS|New Delhi

A Delhi High Court judge on Tuesday recused from hearing a plea by businessman Vijay Nair, an accused in the Delhi excise policy case, in which he has alleged that sensitive information was being leaked to the media by the investigating agencies.

After going through the list of respondents in the petition, Justice Prathiba M Singh said she cannot hear this matter.

The petition was filed by Nair, an accused in the cases related to alleged irregularities in the excise policy being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Nair moved the court in November 2022, claiming that sensitive information in relation to the case was being leaked to the media by the investigating agencies which was adversely impacting his right as an accused. During the brief hearing, the counsel for ED submitted that as the criminal case is pending before the trial court, the parties rely on a host of material and evidence, and being an open court, it remains packed with media persons.

He said that on being chased by media persons, the ED officials and lawyers try to run away and this is all they could do.

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