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ED officer probing 2G scam will not be removed: SC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 01, 2014
First Published: 21:59 IST(1/5/2014) | Last Updated: 22:03 IST(1/5/2014)

The Supreme Court on Thursday said the deputy director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) would not be removed from an ongoing probe in 2G cases.

The order by a bench headed by justice HL Dattu came after the court was informed that Rajeshwar Singh was being transferred to his parent cadre in Uttar Pradesh.

With regard to the development into the Aircel-Maxis deal probe, the Central Bureau of Investigation informed the top court that in the wake of difference in opinions among its senior officers on the issue of filing a final repot before the trial court, the matter has been referred to Attorney General GE Vahanvati for an opinion.

Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran is facing allegations of coercing Aircel owner, Sivasankaran, of selling his stake to the Maxis Group. Subsequently, the company was granted the telecom license to start its services in India.

The agency filed its status report in a sealed envelope on the the Aircel-Maxis deal, explaining the reason for delay in filing a charge sheet. The court bench, after going through the report, said it would wait for the AG's opinion on the issue before holding further proceedings.

It refrained from directing the CBI to produce the record related to the probe before the court.

The CBI had begun a preliminary inquiry into the deal on January 4, 2011, and nine months later, on October 9, had registered an FIR. Last September, the CBI told the SC that it had completed its probe against Maran.

BJP leader Subramanium Swamy, who is one of the petitioners in the case, informed the court that shares of Aircel were being sold to various firms and the matter would thus become infructuous. The court, however, said it would consider his contention on August 12, the next date of hearing.

The bench also asked the CBI to file its status report on the findings of Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) into the role of Tatas in the 2G spectrum scam. According to the petitioner, NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), the SFIO had found "irregularities" in the business transactions.

The court has also sought a status report from the CBI on the CPIL's second allegation that there was an attempt to cover-up the 2G scam, which also involves a senior IPS officer and family members of DMK leader Karunanidhi.


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