The Supreme Court bench hearing the 2G spectrum case on Wednesday claimed it had received an anonymous letter accusing its judges of "being managed".
"An anonymous letter has come to us. The allegations are that we are being managed," the bench said after solicitor-general Gopal Subramanium lashed out at a national daily for writing news reports against him. Subramanium, "deeply hurt" with the reports, offered to give up the brief.
"If you go into the monetary aspect of this scam, it puts all the scams to shame," the bench said. It assured the solicitor-general of its faith in him and revealed the letter's contents.
Justice AK Ganguly, who received the letter at his residence, said he had thrown it in the dustbin. However, the Chief Justice of India's office received the same letter, following which it has become part of the judicial records.
The writer alleged that former telecom minister A Raja was trying to approach the bench through some people. The letter names Justice GS Singhvi and Justice Ganguly and requests the Chief Justice of India to ensure that the case be taken to its "logical conclusion."
"The letter has been put in the office report. The content of the letter has become part of the office report. That anonymous letter is part of the office record now. Such incidents are going to rise," Justice Ganguly said, handing over a copy to the lawyers arguing the case.
After reading it, the counsel said the court should ignore such letters. As the letter carried an address, the advocates told the bench to initiate action. The court replied: "We have decided to hear the case despite the letter because our conscience is clean."