The Supreme Court has refused to stay a Madras High Court order granting one-year extension to senior police officer Pon Manickavel to continue the probe into idol smuggling cases.
A bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice L Nageswara Rao refused to stay the High Court order, when a petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government, which shifted the cases to CBI, against the extension given to Pon Manickavel came up for hearing.
Less than a week after the Madras High Court appointed Inspector General Pon Manickavel as Special Officer of the Idol Wing on the day of his superannuation, the Tamil Nadu government had challenged the order in the Supreme Court.
Filing a Special Leave Petition before the apex court, the Tamil Nadu government expressed its opposition to the court’s quashing of a government order that transferred all cases of the Idol Wing to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Recently, expressing satisfaction with the credentials of Pon Manickavel, IPS, and steps taken by him in the process of investigation, the Madras high court appointed him as a special officer and directed him to assume charge on his superannuation this forenoon immediately.
Directing the government to pass orders to that effect, a division bench comprising Justices R. Mahadevan and P. D. Audikesavalu made it clear that any delay by the government in passing appropriate orders, shall not curtail the powers of Pon Manickavel to head the team and investigate the cases and take appropriate action as per law.