In a major relief to HCL Infosystems, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed criminal proceedings initiated against it in a Ghaziabad court in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam in Uttar Pradesh.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur while seeking response from the CBI stayed proceedings against the company before the special court in a case related to alleged irregularities in the award of a contract to supply computer hardware and related services under NRHM in 2009.
While the investigative agency had not name HCL as accused in its first chargesheet filed in April 2013, the second chargesheet in November 2014 had made it as the co-accused in the case. One of HCL’s employees (vice-president) has also been named in the chargesheet, and his plea for bail is pending before the apex court.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for HCL, said the company has nothing to do with the scam and the case should be tried in a regular court rather than the special court set up to hear the cases related to the NRHM scam.
The company told the Supreme Court that the main accused, GK Batra, managing director of state-owned Shreetron India (SIL), died in August 2012 and he was a government servant and no charges were framed against him till his death.