Court raps CBI, ED for delay in winding up 2G spectrum case

The case will be heard next on 2 April

The case will be heard next on 2 April

"The country can not be kept in the dark", the Supreme Court said on Monday while directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete investigation into all 2G spectrum scam cases, including the Aircel-Maxis deal case, in six months.

"We direct the competent investigating agencies to complete the investigation within six months in all the cases and aspects concerned with 2G spectrum case".

ED also found that a company promoted by Chidambaram's son Karti and nephew A Palaniappan allegedly received $2 lakh from the Maxis Group in the guise of software consultancy.

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The investigation has been going on for a long time and people can not be kept in the dark in a sensitive matter such as this, the bench of Justices Arun Misra and Naveen Sinha noted. "We are anxious about this case, we are very unhappy".

Mehta was appointed as per modified notification for the goal of "Appeals/revisions or other proceedings arising out of the cases related to 2G Spectrum". Investigation was ordered by this court in 2010 and since then several orders have been passed but nothing has happened so far. The Bench has also asked the government to submit a status report of the various cases in a sealed cover within two weeks. The bench pointed out the plea was filed in 2010.

The court also discharged Anand Grover as the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the 2G case and approved the centre's appointment of additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta in his place. He is accused of giving Foreign investment Promotion Board (FIPB) green light in Aircel-Maxis case.

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The pending probes include that by CBI into the role of Malaysian accused T. Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall in the Aircel-Maxis deal, and that by CBI regarding FIPB approval.

Similarly, a special CBI court also dropped all charges brought by both CBI and the ED against Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case. The agency had found that the approval given in the Aircel-Maxis deal was given by Chidambaram beyond his mandate.

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