Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam has constituted a new bench to hear all cases pertaining to the 2G scam after Justice G.S. Singhvi — who has been hearing for the last three years on irregularities in the spectrum allocation — expressed his desire to be relieved in view of his retirement in December.
Justice Singhvi, who is to retire on December 11, has written to the Chief Justice saying he has just two months left for retirement and has to complete a huge lot of judicial work pending with him in the short span left.
A new bench comprising Justices H.L. Dattu and K.S. Radhakrishnan will hear the cases which was earlier being heard by a bench of justices Singhvi and Radhakrishnan.
There are various issues still to be decided by the apex court including the various applications filed by the different accused challenging the trial court order of framing charge sheets against them.
It will also decide Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Mittal’s plea against the trial court order summoning him as an accused in the 2G scam case. The bench will also monitor the CBI probe into alleged involvement of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
The cases pertaining to the 2G scam was first heard by the bench of Justice Singhvi and Justice A.K. Ganguly (since retired), and it had quashed the 122 licences granted during former Telecom Minister A. Raja’s tenure, in its judgement on February 2 last year.
After the retirement of Justice Ganguly, a special bench of justices Singhvi and Radhakrishnan was constituted which has been hearing the matter since then.