Supreme Court allows CBI to file reply in Gomti river front scam accused Roop Singh Yadav's bail plea

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Top Court said that the accused Roop Singh Yadav had been in jail for very long while allowing the CBI to file its reply to his bail plea

The Supreme Court today allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) time to file reply in the bail plea of Room Singh Yadav, an ex-engineer of the UP irrigation department and under investigation for his alleged role in the in the the Gomti river front project.

Roop Singh Yadav has been accused of financial irregularities when he was part of the project, inaugurated by the then-chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

A bench of Justices S. Ravindra and Dipankar Datta stated that the accused Roop Singh had been in jail for quite long (he was arrested in November 2020) and told the CBI lawyer that he was a "seasoned warrior" and should be able to understand such things.

Lawyer representing Roop Singh Yadav informed bench that Senior Counsel Dushyant Dave is not available to argue the case presently.

It was at this juncture that the CBI sought time to file reply to the bail plea, opposing it on the ground that Yadav had been involved in a multi-crore scam and has been accused of money-laundering. "His conduct has been abysmal. He has been forging documents, et al," he added.

While the bench gave a weeks time to CBI to filed reply, the other side sought some time to file a rejoinder as well. The Court listed it for hearing after pleadings are complete.

Roop Singh Yadav was arrested by the CBI in November 2021. The anti-corruption unit of the CBI had registered a case in the scam in November 2017 against him and other Chief engineers. 

In March 2017, the Yogi-Adityanath government constituted a committee headed by Retd Justice Alok Kumar Singh of Allahabad High Court, which stipulated a report on the financial irregularities committed.

Following this, an FIR was registered at the Gomtinagar police station. The Enforcement Directorate has also filed a criminal case against the accused persons and Roop Singh's properties have been attached.


Case Title: Roop Singh Yadav Vs. CBI