A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India dismissed the appeal filed by CBI against the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court which quashed the cases filed by CBI against K.Siva Prasad, IAS the then GM, FCI Punjab. CBI was represented by Attorney General of India. The bench didn’t agree with the arguments of AG as it apparently found that the issues raised in the arguments were properly discussed by Punjab and Haryana High Court which found that there is no merit in these issues. Accordingly, it dismissed the appeal filed by the CBI against K.Siva Prasad, IAS the then GM, FCI Punjab.
Earlier, Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed all the cases filed by CBI against K. Siva Prasad, IAS the then General Manager(GM), Food Corporation of India (FCI) by ruling that Case has been initiated without any legal basis nor foundation and K. Siva Prasad, IAS has been unjustifiably subjected to undeserving prosecution by CBI. High Court observed that Grave injustice has been caused to K. Siva Prasad IAS the then GM, FCI, who made all-out effort to introduce a novel system to arrest the corrupt practices, which has completely halted the practice of mixing substandard bags with good quality of rice, has been charge sheeted and the remarks of CMD about integrity of K.Siva Prasad, IAS has virtually fallen to deaf years.
High Court further came to the conclusion that the version of CBI that no action was taken by K. Siva Prasad, IAS against erring staff has no basis on account of the fact that stringent action as per record had been taken by K. Siva Prasad, IAS.
The High Court cited the statement of the then CMD to the CBI where he categorically stated that as per his knowledge goes there is no complaint against the integrity of K. Siva Prasad, IAS the then GM, FCI. CMD further wrote to Government earlier that K. Siva Prasad, IAS using his clout as Punjab cadre officer has on several occasions saved FCI/Government from tremendously embarrassing situations including that handling inadequacy of parboiled rice in the last season through local initiative. Despite handling almost 50-60% of the country’s wheat and rice procurement if there have been a few black sheep in the local staff who have done some procurement below specifications, which is only a minuscule of total procurement that shouldn’t be held against the officer. A stringent action was taken by him against lower staff anyway.