No loss figures quoted in 2G scam, says CBI chief

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would file more FIRs in the alleged coal allocation scam, said Amar Pratap Singh, Director, of the investigating agency.

Singh, who would be demitting office on Friday, said filing of chargesheets would take some time. “The FIRs are being filed. Generally, the investigations take almost a year. Then we file the chargesheets,” he told mediapersons during his last interaction as CBI Director.

Till now, CBI has filed nine FIRs related to coal allocation scam.

Singh would be succeeded by Ranjit Sinha, an IPS officer of the 1974 batch from Bihar cadre .

2G SCAM

Singh said that the 2G scam was the most challenging case he came across during his nearly two-year tenure as CBI chief.

When asked, if it was because of the huge loss figure quoted, Singh said, “Not because of the figures but the complications involved and monitoring by the Supreme Court.”

However, CBI said that it had not come across any loss figures to the exchequer because of 2G spectrum scam.

The outgoing Director said the Rs 30,000-crore figures given by CBI was the ‘indexed price of 2001.’

“But we had not termed it as loss. It was a notional figure that this could have been the price,” Singh added.

Aircel-Maxis deal

Talking about the Aircel-Maxis deal, where CBI has reportedly also questioned Dayanidhi Maran, Singh said the agency was awaiting ‘Letters Rogatory’ from Malaysia.

siddhartha.s@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 27, 2012)
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