2G cases: Supreme Court asks CBI, ED to complete investigations in 6 months
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to wrap up all 2G-related probes, including the Aircel-Maxis scam, within six months. CBI has also been asked to submit a report in two weeks regarding the status of its investigation so far.
While former telecom minister A. Raja and others stand acquitted by a special CBI court for lack of evidence, charges brought by both CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case have also been dropped.
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.
The ED is also looking into the money laundering aspects of the Aircel-Maxis deal. This includes the probe into Karti Chidambaram’s role in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case. A bench headed by justice Arun Mishra pulled up investigative agencies, CBI and ED, for not completing the investigation in time.
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. In doing so, the court dismissed a contempt plea by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), challenging Tushar Mehta’s appointment as SPP.
On 21 December, a special CBI court acquitted all accused in the 2G case citing lack of evidence. These included Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) parliamentarian Kanimozhi and 15 others who were tried as accused for charges varying from cheating, abusing public office to criminal conspiracy.
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 case will be heard next on 2 April.