In wake of concerns raised by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy in the 2G spectrum scam, the CBI on Tuesday told a city court that it has begun probing implication related to country’s internal security.
Swamy had sought the court’s direction for the investigating agency to probe the role of companies from the West Asia.
CBI told special judge Pradeep Chaddah that it has begun probing the threat to country’s internal security.
Swamy had also sought the court’s direction to appoint him a public prosecutor to help the agency in probing the case and trying the accused.
The agency counsel said the CBI probe is also being monitored by the Supreme Court.
The court, however, put up the matter for further hearing on March 17 as Swamy could not appear before it on Tuesday as he was attending 2G spectrum matter in the Supreme Court.
Swamy’s lawyer Tarun Goomber sought exemption for his client from personal appearance on Tuesday, which the court allowed.
Telcos to SC: Scrap spectrum since 2003
The telecom companies that are now under the Supreme Court’s scrutiny on Tuesday told the apex court that allocation of air waves since 2003 should be scrapped.
The companies argued if the first-come-first-serve policy adopted during the tenure of the then telecom minster A Raja is held illegal, then the allocation should be scrapped.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, arguing for various companies, claimed the government never followed the policy of auction for 2G spectrum allocation and many operators got benefit by getting additional radio waves without any charges since 2003.