Coming down heavily on the CBI for its failure to file the status report on the allegations of corruption and bribery against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, the Delhi high court asked the agency to expedite the probe.
"Why are you not speeding it (preliminary enquiry) up? Fact of the matter is to do it fast whatever you are doing. You cannot take so much time. We are of the view that the preliminary enquiry ought to be speeded up and taken to its logical conclusion," said a bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul.
The CBI was to file the report before the bench on Wednesday.
Asking the agency to file within two weeks an up-to-date status report, the court sought to know from CBI on what steps it has taken so far regarding the allegations against Singh.
It was hearing a plea, filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan on behalf of NGO Common Cause alleging that Singh's wife and kids have obtained unsecured loans of crores of rupees from some private companies which in return have been granted favours by the Himachal Pradesh chief minister.
Bhushan said that aspect of unsecured loans given to Virbhadra's wife by various private companies should also be investigated, on which the CBI was asked to file reply.
During the proceedings, Bhushan contended that despite having all documentary evidence for more than two years, the agency is still conducting preliminary enquiry and not even an FIR has been lodged against Singh.
Bhushan also sought directions to lodge an FIR against Singh, but the court said it will first go through the updated status report.
The court also went through the CBI's status report filed earlier in a sealed cover as per which the PE is still going on. The report was again put back into the sealed cover by the bench. "Payoffs have been shown as loans," Bhushan claimed.