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Kochi: The High Court Monday criticised the State government for not producing translated copies of some documents relied by them in their appeal in the case relating to Salim Raj, solar panel scam accused and former Gunman of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Earlier, the government had sought time for producing the translations.

While a single judge had ordered seizure of some telephone and revenue records of Salim Raj, a division bench headed by Chief justice Manjula Chellur had stayed it on the appeal by the government.

The single judge had issued the interim order on two petitions seeking an investigation by a special team or the CBI into two land deal cases in which Salim Raj is allegedly involved.

When the matter came up today before justice Manjula Chellur and justice K Vinod Chandran, the government pleader, represented by the state, requested for more time for producing translations on the ground that some of the documents were not legible.

The bench orally asked "why the government was helpless to produce the translations and why all this hungama"?

The court said government is not like an ordinary litigant. Entire machinery is at their command.

The case has been posted to tomorrow for further consideration.

PTI

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