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No SIT needed, Court seeks CVC help to monitor case

Harish V Nair, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 02, 2012
First Published: 12:20 IST(2/2/2012) | Last Updated: 23:35 IST(2/2/2012)

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to appoint a special investigation team for further probe in 2G scam but sought assistance of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to help it monitor the probe in view of involvement of several "influential persons" in the scam.

"Keeping in view the nature of the case and involvement of a large number of influential persons, we feel that it will be appropriate to require the Central Vigilance Commissioner and the senior vigilance commissioner appointed under Section 3(2) of the 2003 CVC Act to render assistance to the court in effectively monitor further investigation of the case," a bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice AK Ganguly said.

The court directed the CBI, ED and other government agencies to give their status report in a sealed envelope to the CVC, which would give its suggestion to it on the probe done by them. The order came on a plea of an NGO, Center for Public Interest Litigation, and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, seeking its direction to appoint SIT by raising questions on the probe done by the government agencies.

The SC, however, was not convinced by its arguments and expressed satisfaction on the probe done so far by the agencies.

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