NEW DELHI: Former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Naban Tuki on Thursday filed a fresh…
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to provide the list of documents seized from offices of deposed Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his cabinet colleagues after imposition of President’s Rule in the state, as the Attorney General said most papers, running into lakhs of pages, may be “irrelevant and unrelated”.
“You (Centre) can’t say that the documents seized by you are not related to them (Tuki and his cabinet minister). You give the full list of whatever have been seized and let them decide as to what they want and what they do not want. “The question of choice will emerge only after you give the whole list,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Centre, referred to a fresh interim plea of Arunachal Pradesh government saying it would be difficult to give all documents to the petitioners (Tuki and other Congress leaders) in pursuance of the court order as there are thousands of files, having lakhs of pages and, moreover, most of them may be irrelevant and unrelated to this case. “You have to give the whole list. This is the partial list. Let them choose from the list of documents, possibly having nexus with the case or possibly not having nexus with the case. You cannot say right now. You have to give the entire list,” the bench said.
The bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghosh and N V Ramana, said, “We are not accepting your (state’s) application as it is. You file a fresh one with the full list of the documents …”
Stressing the need for supplying the list of papers to Tuki and others, the bench also said, “Suppose somebody comes to our office and takes away all files, how do we know as to which file has importance until we see them again.”
The bench had rejected the Centre’s opposition in giving documents seized from former CM’s office and cabinet colleagues after imposition of President’s Rule The court had directed the Centre to make copies and return “forthwith” by Friday all seized private letters, files and documents to the former CM, Ministers and parliamentary secretaries and are in the custody of the Administrator through the Chief Secretary.