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Lalit appointed as 2G public prosecutor

Lalit appointed as 2G public prosecutor
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First Published: Fri, Apr 01 2011. 01 19 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Apr 16 2011. 04 54 PM IST
New Delhi: Senior advocate Uday U. Lalitwill be the special public prosecutor in the second-generation (2G) spectrum case, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel K.K. Venugopaltold the Supreme Court on Friday.
CBI also said it is willing to take over the investigation of Sadiq Batcha’s death from the Chennai police after clearance from the Union government. The Tamil Nadu government has already passed a notification to transfer the probe, it said. Batcha, a close aide of former telecom minister A. Raja, died in an alleged suicide at his home in Chennai on 16 March. Raja has been arrested as part of the investigations into the 2G case.
Prashant Bhushan, counsel for the petitioners in the case, recommended the names of Arvind Nigam and Harish Gulati, both senior advocates in the Delhi high court, to assist the prosecution team.
The court said Bhushan’s recommendation would be considered next week, by when the Union government has to respond on Lalit being appointed lead prosecutor. Under law, the Union government has to pass a notification to appoint Lalit as prosecutor.
Lalit, who was initially reluctant to take up the task, has consented to it in the public interest, Venugopal told the court. Lalit was designated a senior advocate by the Supreme Court in May 2004. He joined the Bar in June 1983 and has practised in the apex court since 1986. He worked with former attorney general Soli J. Sorabjifrom 1986 to 1992. Hasan Ali Khan, the Pune businessman accused of money laundering, recently engaged Lalit to represent him in the Supreme Court in a black money case.
CBI confirmed it will file charges in the special court set up for the 2G trial on 2 April. The CBI said its chargesheet is 80,000 pages long. Each of the five persons and the two companies it will name in the document will be served copies of all the documents to be used against them as evidence in the trial. Special judge O.P. Saini has been appointed to preside over the case.
nikhil.k@livemint.com
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First Published: Fri, Apr 01 2011. 01 19 AM IST