SC relief for Sheila Kaul

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 20.10.13

New Delhi, Oct. 19: The Supreme Court has stayed a CBI court’s order for the personal appearance of 98-year-old Sheila Kaul in a corruption case after she claimed she was of “unsound mind” because of advancing age, reports our legal correspondent.

Kaul, a Union urban development minister in P.V. Narasimha Rao’s cabinet, is accused of conspiracy in making out-of-turn allotments of government accommodations in return for monetary gains between 1992 and 1995.

Although the matter is over two decades old, charges were being framed last year when Kaul pleaded exemption from personal appearance.

But the CBI court told her to appear in person after an AIIMS team said she was capable of understanding questions and giving answers, although the questions may have to be repeated.

She then moved Delhi High Court, which rejected her plea. But the Supreme Court upheld her appeal, saying the high court had not properly examined the matter. It asked the high court to dispose of the matter in three months.