The Hawala scandal concerned accusations of money laundering which if true revealed a nexus between high ranking politicians and bureaucrats who were alleged to have been funded by a source linked with the funding of terrorists. Public interest petitions complained about the Central Bureau of Investigation’s lethargy in investigations. Justice Verma stated the need for a swift probe that did not preclude anyone from investigation. He devised the writ of continuing mandamus, asking an authority to perform its task for an unspecified time period. This enabled Court oversight, to avoid investigative inertia.