Former Union minister C K Jaffar Sharief was on Tuesday charged by a Delhi court with causing loss to the public exchequer in a corruption case of 1995 involving a trip to London.
As a Union minister, Shrief had taken four of his official staffers with him while travelling to London for medical treatment, causing a loss of Rs 7 lakh to the exchequer.
Special CBI Judge N K Kaushik charged the Congress leader with various offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act for ‘dishonestly’ ensuring journey of his erstwhile Additional Private Secretary B N Nagesh, stenos S M Masthan and V Muralidharn, and driver C H Samaullah to London with him.
The trial of Sharief and the four co-accused will commence from August 21.
The CBI had registered an FIR against Sharief in 1998, but had filed a closure report in the case citing refusal of sanction in 2005. The lower court, however, had rejected the closure report saying it appeared that the entire material collected by the prosecution had not been placed before sanctioning authority. The CBI again filed a closure report. The special judge, however, declined the CBI request and took cognisance of the offence under P C Act. The Supreme court on May 10 had refused to stay the framing of charges against Sharief.