After the revelation of a mysterious Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that was filed in the Supreme Court back in February 2014 by an NGO, the controversy in the Essar leaks case has deepened. The PIL was filed by International Civil Enforcement Group for Anti-terrorism Ethics (ICEGATE).
The PIL presented the same material, excerpts of taped conversations and other relevant evidence that have been put forward by lawyer Suren Uppal to the PMO last week.
But the PIL was never pursued further and never came up for hearing. According to the sources, Supreme Court the petition was discarded due to defects.
The PIL made Prashant Ruia, Basit Khan and others respondents in the matter. Interestingly, Basit Khan who was made a respondent is allegedly the source of the tapes and evidence against Ruia for Suren Uppal.
When inquired the registered address of the NGO, Masood Ahmed, vice chairman of ICEGATE revealed that he received this information through a trusted friend who was earlier an employee with the Essar group.
He claimed that his repeated letters to ministries, politicians and even CBI went unanswered. He also said that he fears for his life and safety and has been struggling to ensure the protection of his family for the last four years.