SC trashes 'tardy' IT probe, says be quicker
The "tardy" probe against corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others for alleged tax evasion connected with the 2G spectrum scam came in for sharp criticism from the Supreme Court on Thursday. What is 2G scam all about?delhi Updated: May 06, 2011 01:10 IST
The "tardy" probe against corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others for alleged tax evasion connected with the 2G spectrum scam came in for sharp criticism from the Supreme Court on Thursday.
The apex court directed the income tax department to be quicker and not to treat these cases in an "ordinary way".
The court said it wants "result" in the cases and described as "mind boggling" the figures in the transactions mentioned in the first report submitted by the IT department.
"The IT department must be quicker. This is not a normal case of tax evasion. It (probe) should have been done fast," a bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice AK Ganguly said after going through the report given in a sealed envelope.
"We would like to see the entire report on the action taken by you in the past three years when the department started probing on the complaint (filed against Radia). We would see what you have done after we start monitoring the case (of 2G scam)," the bench said directing the department to place the complete report before it on May 13.
The department, however, defended its ongoing probe, saying the investigation has entered the "fifth layer" and that the approach towards the case has not been tardy.
The court, however, was not satisfied and said, "We are not concerned about layers but results."
It also allowed the IT department to approach the special judge, trying the 2G case, to interrogate corporate honchos and other accused who are in judicial custody for their alleged role in the scam.
Meanwhile, the CBI refuted allegations made by the petitioner, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, which had contended that big corporate players such as Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani, Essar Group CEO Prashant Ruia and Tatas are being treated differently.
The court after hearing all sides posted the matter for further hearing on May 13.