The Supreme Court on Monday held that the plea against Sahara chief Subrata Roy for allegedly interfering with the probe in 2G scam is maintainable.
A bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and K.S. Radhakrishnan also issued notice to Mr. Roy and his two employees, who were working with his news channel, seeking their response on why probe be not initiated against them.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by Enforcement Directorate’s investigating officer Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the scam, alleging that the two journalists — Upendra Rai and Subodh Jain — had threatened and blackmailed him.
Mr. Singh in his petition has sought contempt action against Mr. Roy and the two scribes for allegedly interfering with the investigation of the 2G spectrum case.
On May 6, 2011, the apex court had said prima facie it was of the view that an attempt was made to interfere with the investigation conducted by Mr. Singh in what has been described as 2G spectrum scam case and related matters.
The bench had also banned Sahara India news network and its sister concerns from publishing and broadcasting any story or programme relating to Mr. Singh in response to 25 questions sent by Subodh Jain to ED official.
The court had observed that this was an attempt to blackmail Mr. Singh as it was done after Sahara chief was served with summons by the ED to appear before it in connection with the investigation into the 2G scam.