Taking into account the magnitude of the 2G spectrum scam and the involvement of higher-ups, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to consider setting up a special court to try the case expeditiously.
A Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly, after perusing the status reports submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate, made it clear that the CBI should go after the beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum scam if there was prima facie evidence of their role and involvement.
The status reports explained the four arrests so far made by the CBI, including that of the former Communications Minister A. Raja, the money trail of the beneficiaries of the spectrum licences and the role of corporate houses.
Justice Singhvi told Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati: “The government must come out with an assurance that it will set up an exclusive court for this case. There is no parallel to this case and we want the authorities concerned to give top priority to it.”
He told senior counsel K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the CBI: “We have a large number of persons who consider themselves above the law. The law must catch them. It should be done with greater expedition. Merely because they are in the Forbes list of millionaires, it does not make any difference.”