Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Supreme Court pulls up CBI, ED over delay in 2G probe

Supreme Court pulls up CBI, ED over delay in 2G probe

Taking a hard stance on the Aircel-Maxis case, the Supreme Court on Monday directed investigating agencies to complete their probes into the 2G spectrum allocation case and other related matters in six months. However, the investigation in many cases related to 2G scam has not been completed.

ED also found that a company promoted by Chidambaram's son Karti and nephew A Palaniappan allegedly received $2 lakh from the Maxis Group in the guise of software consultancy.

"This can not be kept pending for long", a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha said.

The Bench while dismissing the contempt application held that the appointment of Grover was confined only to the trial court and, therefore, no contempt was made out against government in appointing Mehta as a Special Prosecutor since the cases for which Grover was appointed are over before the Trial Court.

Justice Mishra told attorney-general K.K. Venugopal "it is a very important case and the country must know the results, whatever may be the decision". "Various orders had been passed by this court number of times".

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 bench instructed the Centre to file a status report within two weeks.

The apex court also relieved senior advocate Anand Grover, who was appointed by it in 2014 as Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case.

The pending probes include that by CBI into the role of Malaysian accused T. Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall in the Aircel-Maxis deal, and that by CBI regarding FIPB approval.

The CBI had claimed that M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd had sought Foreign Investement Promotion Board (FIPB) approval for 800 million United States dollars for which only the CCEA was competent, but Chidambaram had given approval to the firm in March 2006.

In a separate writ petition in the apex court, Mr. Chidambaram called the CBI and ED probe into the Aircel-Maxis case "illegal investigations".

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