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CVC prepares probe blueprint, to meet CBI chief

Told by SC to monitor the spectrum probe, the vigilance body is likely to call regular meeting with the CBI. HT reports. SC puts 2G, govt under hammer | Trai to make new recommendations
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2012 01:09 AM IST

Shortly after the Supreme Court directed it to monitor the ongoing CBI investigation into the 2G spectrum scam, Central Vigilance Commission has sprung into action and will shortly prepare a blueprint on how to proceed in the sensitive matter.

The country's top court had on Thursday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to "make available the future copies of investigation reports to the CVC in a sealed cover."

The Supreme Court had further asked the CVC to "examine the probe reports within a week and send their observations/suggestions in a sealed envelope" to it.

Following this directive, Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar is learnt to have already convened a meeting with CBI director AP Singh to discuss the preparation for further investigations. "The CVC will be meeting the CBI director to decide the future course of action soon," said an official.

“The CVC is likely to propose a regular meeting with the top brass of the CBI every fortnight," the official said.

The CVC move, within three days of the Supreme Court verdict is being considered significant, given the fact that this anti-graft watchdog would have to give its "own observations" on the CBI's probe findings to the top court.

The court's decision had come on a petition by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), which had demanded setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to monitor the CBI probe into the 2G case.

The Supreme Court bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice AK Ganguly declined to form a SIT, but asked the CBI to submit regular status reports on further investigation into the matter to the CVC, which will now assist the court in the high profile case.

The 2G case has sent shock waves in the political and corporate world since the Supreme Court took up the matter in October 2010.

The then telecom minister A Raja not only lost his job, but has been in Tihar Jail since a year following strong observations by the top court.

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