We can't deny or agree now with allegations of 2G scam: CBI
The CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was not in a position at this stage to "deny or agree" with allegations of a Rs 70,000-crore scam in allotting 2G spectrum licences in 2008 in which telecom minister A Raja's name has cropped up.delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2010 19:28 IST
The CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was not in a position at this stage to "deny or agree" with allegations of a Rs 70,000-crore scam in allotting 2G spectrum licences in 2008 in which telecom minister A Raja's name has cropped up.
An affidavit in this regard was filed by the agency in a sealed envelope in compliance with the September 13 notice to the Centre, Raja and others.
Sources associated with the matter said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was "cautiously" moving in the case and at this stage it was not in a position to agree or deny the allegations as the probe was still going on.
"We do not agree or deny anything till the investigation is going on," sources said.
A bunch of petitions filed by an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and others had alleged that the Centre was trying to put a lid on the investigation into the alleged irregularities in spectrum licence allocation.
The Supreme Court on September 13 had sought response within ten days from Raja, Department of Telecom, CBI, Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department.
Raja, his ministry and others are yet to respond.
The CBI counsel today made a mention of filing its reply before a bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly which had wanted to know how the CBI did not know against whom the investigations were on, despite continuing the process for several months and filing an FIR against unknown telecom ministry officials.
"FIR is against the unknown officials of DoT... Why they are still unknown. Does CBI not know who the officials are?" the bench asked expressing concerns over the investigation done by the CBI.
The petitioners have alleged that certain public servants, middlemen, corporate lobbyist Niira Radia were involved in the conspiracy for granting Unified Access Service (telecom) licences.
The petitioners have challenged the May 25 order of the Delhi High Court, which had dismissed their petitions.
They have urged the apex court to call for the entire records of investigation from CBI and the Enforcement Directorate into the alleged 2G spectrum scam and direct them to produce regular and periodic status reports.