SC defers view on PM’s role in 2G scam

SC defers view on PM’s role in 2G scam

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred giving its view in the 2G spectrum case over the Prime Minister’s role in investigating allegations of corruption in the sale of telecom licences.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was asked by the apex court last week to explain why he took 16 months to address a request from an opposition lawmaker for the prosecution of his now-sacked telecom minister A Raja.

The attorney general has defended the Prime Minister in court, arguing he did nothing wrong. Singh is not on trial and cannot be charged with any crime, rather the court wants to understand the Prime Minister’s role in handling the request.

The scandal has led to the Opposition paralyzing the Parliament over demands the government accepts the joint parliamentary committee (JPC).