2G spectrum case: Court asks CBI whether probe covers national security

Special CBI judge feels hearing of Subramanian Swamy’s petition should be put on hold after the arrest of A Raja

New Delhi: A Delhi court today issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), asking it to file a detailed report on whether its probe in the 2G spectrum case covers the aspect of national security, as raised by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy in his private complaint seeking the prosecution of former telecom minister A Raja.

"Issue notice to the CBI to file its detailed report of the investigation being carried out by it and whether it covers the aspect of national security as raised by Subramanian Swamy in the present case," Special CBI judge Pradeep Chaddah said.

The court also asked whether it could yet proceed in the case after the arrest of Mr Raja by the CBI. "I am of the opinion that this court should not proceed for the time being with this matter," the judge said. The judge has sought the response of the CBI in the matter and posted the next hearing on 23rd February, reports PTI.

Mr Swamy, meanwhile, submitted to the court that he is intending to petition the court to implead some other persons in this matter, including Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, as other accused in this complaint.

The Comptroller and Auditor General, Vinod Rai, who was summoned by the court to appear as witness on Swamy's complaint, has filed a certified copy of his entire report on the matter through advocate Sandeep Sethi.

On 22nd January, the special CBI judge had sought the presence of Mr Rai and CAG director RP Singh in court today, to depose as witnesses on the complaint by Swamy, seeking registration of a criminal case against Mr Raja for his alleged role in the scam. According to the CAG the preferential allotement of 2G licences and spectrum to telecom companies had caused a presumptive loss of Rs1.76 lakh crore to the public exchequer.

The court had on 7th January held Mr Swamy's private complaint as "maintainable". In his three-point prayer, Mr Swamy asked that his complaint be taken cognizance of and that Mr Raja be summoned to take the case to its logical conclusion. As per the second prayer, Mr Swamy wanted the court to appoint him "as a deemed public prosecutor under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act."

Mr Swamy also asked the court to direct agencies like the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to assist him in conducting the prosecution and in the further investigations into the scam. Quoting from the CAG report, Mr Swamy had alleged that Mr Raja committed fraud by adopting a first-come-first-served basis for allocating spectrum to ineligible companies.


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All spectrum decisions since 2003-08 were wrong: Telecom panel

Quoting the report, telecom minister Kapil Sibal said the committee found that original spectrum allocation was "bad" and procedures were not followed both during the NDA government till 2004 and the UPA government up to 2008

New Delhi: All decisions on spectrum allocation since 2003 by successive governments, including the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), were procedurally wrong, concluded the one-man committee, which probed into the procedural lapses following the telecom scam, reports PTI.

Unveiling the report of the Shivraj V Patil committee, telecom minister Kapil Sibal said here today that the findings on procedural lapses are being sent to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is looking into the criminal culpability in the scam.

Addressing a press conference a day after the arrest of former telecom minister A Raja, Mr Sibal said his predecessor had said that he was "not deviating from the previous policies (the National Democratic Alliance government) but the problem was that the previous policies were wrong."

Quoting the report, Mr Sibal said the committee found that original spectrum allocation was "bad" and procedures were not followed both during the NDA government till 2004 and the UPA government up to 2008.

It also said the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) did not follow the advice of the law ministry or the views of the finance ministry over pricing of spectrum.

The committee has also recommended reforms in allocation of spectrum and penalty on hoarding of the scarce natural resource.

The UPA government is battling, among others, a telecom scam with presumptive losses of over Rs1.76 lakh crore.

The former telecom minister has been arrested by CBI, which is investigating the case under the supervision of the Supreme Court.


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