The Supreme Court will on Monday pass an order on the appointment of a special public prosecutor for holding the trial of former telecom minister A Raja and others in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
A bench of justices GS Singhvi and A K Ganguly will also pass direction for holding the trial in the case on day-to-day basis without any adjournments to bring to justice all persons involved in the scam in which high profile politicians, top corporate honchos, bureaucrats and telecom firms have come under scrutiny.
Brushing aside the Centre's objections, the apex court had on April 8 said it would pass an order for the appointment of senior advocate UU Lalit as special public prosecutor.
Turning down the Centre's plea seeking a week's time to come out with an alternate name, a SC bench had said it will pass a formal order on the appointment of Lalit on April 11.
“We intend to pass an order directing the government to come out with a notification on the appointment of Lalit as special public prosecutor. He will also have the choice to suggest the names of other prosecutors to assist him in the case,” the bench had said.
The court had said that it would also direct the special court, exclusively set up for holding the trial of the 2G scam, to hold the trial without any adjournment.
“We would make it clear in our order that the special court would hold trial on day-to-day basis and no adjournment on any basis would be allowed,” the bench had said, adding that no court shall entertain any petition or application in the case and anything relating to the case has to be filed in the SC.
The CBI has registered cases against Raja and others under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The agency had on April 1 informed the apex court that Lalit will be appointed for assisting the special court set up for the exclusive trial of the 2G spectrum case.
Maintaining that in the given circumstances, Lalit was the best choice as CBI's special public prosecutor, the agency's counsel KK Venugopal had pointed out that he had a vast experience in criminal laws.