Leave no stone unturned in investigating 2G cases: Supreme Court to CBI

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

Leave no stone unturned in investigating 2G cases: Supreme Court to CBI

The Supreme Court has ordered Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate to wrap up the 2G spectrum allocation scam case by completing the investigation within six months.

"We direct the competent investigating agencies to complete the investigation within six months in all the cases and aspects concerned with 2G spectrum case". This includes the probe into the role of Mr. Chidambaram's son, Karti, who is now in custody in connection with the INX Media FIPB approval case.

A bench of Justices Arun Misra and Naveen Sinha observed that the investigation had been going on for very long and said people of this country can not be kept in dark in the sensitive matter like this. A bench headed by justice Arun Mishra pulled up investigative agencies, CBI and ED, for not completing the investigation in time.

The court said, "This case has significance for the people as the 2G scam has attracted the attention of this court and citizenry since long".

The AG said the Centre will file the status report as per the court's direction and if the bench wants, then it will file the document without sealed cover notwithstanding the relationship with Malayasia government. The investigators are also examining allegations that former Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, ignored Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) regulations by clearing the foreign investment proposal in 2006 for a Mauritius company to acquire 73.99% equity in M/s Aircel Ltd, a telecom service provider.

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The Supreme Court also put a stamp of approval on the Centre's decision to appoint Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta as the new Special Public Prosecutor in the case.

Insisting that the people can not be kept in dark with regards to investigations into sensitive matters such as the 2G spectrum case, it allowed the Centre to file a status report on all investigations in the case in two weeks.

Grover had filed an application seeking the permission of the apex court to discharge him from his duties after the trial in 2G spectrum cases concluded at Patiala House.

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.

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