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Updated: February 6, 2011 01:22 IST

CBI asked to file detailed report on 2G scam

Jiby Kattakayam
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Former Telecom Minister A. Raja, arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, being taken back to CBI headquarters after being produced at the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
The Hindu Former Telecom Minister A. Raja, arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, being taken back to CBI headquarters after being produced at the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Dr. Swamy says he intends to move an application to implead other persons

Looking into a complaint filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy of corruption in the allocation of 2G spectrum and the award of licences, a court here on Saturday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation seeking a detailed report from it by February 22.

The agency is probing the same offence against the former Communications Minister, A. Raja, and arrested him on February 2.

Dr. Swamy also told the court of his intention to move an application under Section 319 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) to implead other persons, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, as accused in his complaint.

Special Judge (CBI) Pradeep Chaddah stayed further proceedings on Dr. Swamy's complaint in accordance with Section 210 of the Cr.PC. “As per Section 210, when it appears to a magistrate that police investigation is in progress in relation to the same matter, the magistrate must stop proceedings and call for a report from the investigating officer,” Mr. Chaddah said.

Dr. Swamy told the court that his complaint had a scope wider than the CBI probe, and among the charges he had listed was a threat to the national security from Etisalat DB as it allegedly had connections to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.

In his order, the judge also directed the CBI to state whether the national security aspect was being covered by its probe.

Meanwhile, appearing for the Comptroller and Auditor-General's office, senior advocate Sandeep Sethi submitted a certified copy of the CAG's report on the award of 2G spectrum and licence which blew the lid off the scam. On January 22, the court summoned the CAG on Dr. Swamy's application seeking him to appear as witness in his complaint.

The demand for including Karunanidhi as a co-accused in 2G scam appears to be logical. Let the law of the land take its course and it is time people occupying high positions go through the agni pariksha and prove themselves. Salutes to Mr Swamy for taking the battle to the Cong's court. Even at this stage, no political party worth its salt has chosen to support him. They all want to hound Congress for their pound of flesh and political visibility. Why not fight this case through a single platform that Mr Swamy has solidly laid ? I appeal to all the opposition parties not to make this fight ego based and unite together to strengthen his hands. The nation will remember them for ever.

from:  Gopal
Posted on: Feb 6, 2011 at 08:25 IST
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