Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

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

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

"The country can not be kept in the dark", the Supreme Court said on Monday while directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete investigation into all 2G spectrum scam cases, including the Aircel-Maxis deal case, in six months. "Tell us, how much investigation is pending and why have you not been able to complete the probe yet", the bench said. "We direct all the concerned agencies, CBI, ED the circumstances, as assured by K K Venugopal, AC (Amicus Curiae) and Attorney General for India, that investigations shall be completed within six months in all the cases..." "Army and others are contributing and helping in this matter and if in case there arises any difficulty in conducting the investigation then immediately he will inform the court", Singh said.

"Issue is serious for this country. No stone shall be left unturned". 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.

In the Aircel-Maxis deal, the FIPB approval was supposed to go to the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs. In doing so, the court dismissed a contempt plea by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), challenging Tushar Mehta's appointment as SPP.

Mehta will represent CBI and ED in 2G case in the Delhi High Court when appeals against the acquittal of those accused will be filed.

However, the CBI and ED cases in the Aircel-Maxis deal could not withhold judicial scrutiny as the special 2G court had in February past year discharged Dayanidhi Maran, his industrialist brother Kalanithi Maran and others saying the alleged charges were based on "misreading of official files", speculation and surmises of the complainant.

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. Special CBI Judge OP Saini also noted that rumour, gossip and speculation had created the public perception about the cases.

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