The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the CBI to go ahead with its probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal and not wait for the necessary sanction required to prosecute a senior government officer in connection with the case arising out of the 2G scam.
A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi observed the progress in the case was “tardy” and gave the CBI two months to complete the probe for filing a chargesheet. Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran is facing serious allegations in the case. SC also asked the CBI to file the chargesheet even if the Malaysian authorities did not provide details on the controversial deal.
The bench further directed the CBI to place before it the minutes of the March 7, 2006 meeting of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) giving nod to the deal. This was ordered after Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy alleged the official file did not contain the clearance granted to the deal.
“CBI has got the minutes of March 7, 2006 meeting of FIPB. We would like to see the minutes next Wednesday,” the bench said, fixing August 7 to hear the matter. It reiterated that the CBI should not hesitate in investigating any person.
“It is clarified that the final probe of the case should not be delayed on that account,” the bench also said.
“We are concerned that the chargesheet should be filed. Unfortunately for the last three years they have been investigating a particular side of the case which is not relevant. But we will not pass any order as it will derail the case. So whatever be the case it should reach a final conclusion,” it added.