Finish 2G probe in six months: Supreme Court to CBI, Enforcement Directorate

Finish 2G probe in six months: Supreme Court to CBI, Enforcement Directorate

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.

On March 12, the bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta observed that there are two steps of investigation - 1) Registration of FIR and 2) Investigation.

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".

"All the 45 FIRs filed is on the CBI website".

Mehta was appointed as per modified notification for the objective of "Appeals/revisions or other proceedings arising out of the cases related to 2G Spectrum".

"The issue is serious for this country".

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha, who were annoyed by the delay in completion of probe in the 2G spectrum cases, which started in 2010, said it will "haul every officer involved the case if investigation is not completed within next six months".

The Bench also dismissed the contempt application filed in the case which questioned the appointment of ASG Tushar Mehta as the Special Public Prosecutor in cases relating to the 2G spectrum. "No stone shall be left unturned".

Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted that he would file a status report that would "throw light" on this matter after the top Court directed him to appear as an amicus, an impartial adviser. 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. According to the CBI, Chidambaram cleared the deal bypassing the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs. Last month, the Centre had appointed Mehta, replacing SC-picked Senior Advocate Anand Grover as the SPP in the trial stage.

On 21 December, a special CBI court acquitted all accused in the 2G case citing lack of evidence. In his judgment, Special Judge OP Saini had criticised the CBI for "misreading" the case.

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