Court raps CBI, ED for delay in winding up 2G spectrum case

12 March, 2018, 19:26 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • The Supreme Court today directed investigating agencies CBI and ED to complete their probe into the 2G spectrum allocation cases and other related matters in six months. DH file

The Supreme Court has slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) for excessive delay in concluding the investigation in 2G scam case.

The top court said it is "very unfortunate" that investigation in the 2G cases has not been completed yet and "people of this country can not be kept in dark in a serious and sensitive case like this".

"Why is there so much delay in completing the investigation in the 2G spectrum and ancilliary cases".

"We want all answers to the questions raised by Comptroller and Auditor General in his report (on the 2G spectrum scam cases)", Justice Mishra said firmly. "No stone shall be left unturned". The court also asked if invisible hands were delaying the probes in the case. "It is shocking, all matters should see end of the day", Misra said. The country can't be kept in darkness like this.

The issue of FIPB clearance in the the Aircel-Maxis deal had surfaced during the probe into the 2G spectrum related cases.

The court noted that the case has come before this Bench after a gap of four years.

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The court also discharged senior advocate Anand Grover, who was appointed the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) by the apex court in the 2G case.

The court said it was open for the central government to change the SPP to represent the CBI and the ED after the trial gets over.

In December 2017, a special CBI court acquitted all the 17 accused including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi in the CBI case.

Similarly, a special CBI court also dropped all charges brought by both CBI and the ED against Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The case goes back to 2006, when Foreign Investment Promotion Board's approval was granted to Aircel Maxis, during the tenure of the then finance minister P Chidambaram.


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