Complete probe in 2G & Aircel-Maxis cases in 6 months: SC

Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Monday directed the investigating agencies, Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, to complete their probe into the 2G spectrum allocation case in six months, PTI has reported.

"This a very serious and sensitive case".

The apex court while slamming probe agencies for delay in investigation warned the CBI and ED that further delay will attract contempt of court against the officials. "It is shocking, all matters should see end of the day", Misra said. "Army and others are contributing and helping in this matter and if in case there arises any difficulty in conducting the investigation then immediately he will inform the court", Singh said.

The bench asked the SIT that after completing probe in NHRC cases, it should investigate other cases dealt by the judicial inquiries, cases in which high court had given its findings, cases dealt by a commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Santosh Hegde, matters relating to commissions of inquiry.

On December 21 previous year, the trial court had acquitted DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A. Raja and 15 other accused in the 2G court for lack of evidence. "This status report which was to be filed in the court was unfortunately in the bedroom of one of the accused in the case", Swamy alleged, without taking any name.

The apex court also relieved senior advocate Anand Grover, who was appointed by it in 2014 as Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case. He is accused of giving Foreign investment Promotion Board (FIPB) green light in Aircel-Maxis case.

The CBI had said in its charge sheet in the Aircel-Maxis case that Chidambaram had granted FIPB approval in March 2006 to Mauritius-based M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis, owned by Ananda Krishnan, who is also an accused in the case. The top court said, "if not probe agencies, are invisible hands not completing 2G probe".

The court had also dropped charges against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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