Janta Party president Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday filed a petition in a Delhi court seeking inclusion of former telecom minister A Raja’s name in an FIR in the 2G-spectrum case. Swamy sought court permission to appoint him the public prosecutor in the case.
Swamy told the CBI special judge Pradeep Chaddha that the court should allow his plea, and begin hearing in the scam.
Citing the CAG report, Swamy told the judge Raja committed fraud by manipulating the established tender process of first-come-first-served basis in allotting the spectrum to ineligible companies. “The process was further rigged as the telecom minister altered the cut-off date for applying for the allocation of 2G spectrum. Moreover, the prices were fixed at the rate prevalent in 2001.”
The court has fixed January 7, 2011 for the pronouncement of order on Swamy’s petition.
According to Swamy, 85 out of 122 licenses awarded were illegal. “I have got a three-fold prayer,” said Swamy, noting, “...That the court should take cognisance of my complaint and issue summons to him (Raja). “The second is that I be appointed deemed public prosecutor ... and the investigating agencies such as CBI be directed to assist me in conducting prosecution...”
Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Madras high court order directing the suspension of lawyer RK Chandramohan from chairmanship of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for allegedly attempting to influence a judge by taking A Raja’s name. The SC bench also stayed operation of the HC direction asking the Bar Council of India to initiate disciplinary action against Chandramohan.
The apex court is to pronounce its verdict on the issue of monitoring of the investigation into spectrum allocation case on Thursday. A bench of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly had reserved the judgement on the petition filed by an NGO Centre for Public interest Litigation after a marathon hearing on the issue.