Complete 2G probe within six months: SC directs CBI, ED

Doris Richards
March 12, 2018

"The country can not be kept in the dark", the Supreme Court said on Monday while directing the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate to complete investigation into all 2G Spectrum scam cases, including the Aircel-Maxis deal case, in six months.

"It is a very important case and the country must know the results whatever it may be.why is this investigation taking so long and what are the reasons for delay?" said the top court.

"Why is there so much delay in completing the investigation in the 2G spectrum and ancilliary cases. Tell us, how much investigation is pending and why have you not been able to complete the probe yet", the bench said. "No stone should be left unturned".

"It is shocking. All matters should see end of the day".

A bench comprising of Justice Arun Misra and Justice Pravin Sinha also ordered the centre to submit a status report on the progress of the investigation in the case within two weeks.

The Supreme Court has also relieved senior advocate Anand Grover, who was appointed by the court in 2014, as a Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G and linked cases.

The court said it was open for the central government to change the SPP to represent the CBI and the ED after the trial gets over.

While former telecom minister A. Raja and others stand acquitted by a special CBI court for lack of evidence, charges brought by both CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case have also been dropped.

The case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by then-finance minister P Chidambaram.

Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) has challenged the verdict by the Patiala House Court, which dismissed the Aircel Maxis case.

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