Check national security angle of 2G case, Court tells CBI

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 05, 2011

A Delhi court on Saturday directed the CBI to submit a report by February 22 on whether the ambit of its probe in the 2G spectrum case encompasses the national security aspects alleged by the Janata Party President, Dr Subramanian Swamy.

Dr Swamy, in his complaint before the Special CBI Judge, Mr Pradeep Chaddah, is seeking the prosecution of the former Telecom Minister, Mr A. Raja, in the 2G case.

Dr Swamy claimed that the Home Ministry has held Etisalat DB a national security risk, since it has links with the intelligence agency of a neighbouring country.

Dr Swamy had also alleged that the shares of the 2G licence holder, Swan Telecom, were illegally sold to Etisalat DB.

Enough evidence

Meanwhile, claiming enough evidence, Dr Swamy said he would move an application before the court seeking to implead the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr M. Karunanidhi, as an accused in the 2G case, along with others.

In another development, the Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Vinod Rai, who was summoned by the court to depose as witnesses on Dr Swamy's complaint, submitted through his counsel a certified copy of the CAG report on the 2G scam to authenticate its findings.

In an earlier hearing, Dr Swamy had testified before the court that his complaint against Mr Raja made a prima facie case, and that it was confirmed by the CAG report.

On making Dr Swamy a deemed Public Prosecutor under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the court had then asked for authentication of the CAG report by examining CAG officials. Since another case of the arrest of Mr Raja and his two alleged associates in the 2G scam by the CBI is being heard by another Special CBI court in the National Capital, the court hearing Dr Swamy's complaint asked if the proceedings in the case can continue, because there is an overlap in the subject matter.

A decision on whether Dr Swamy's complaint should be clubbed with the CBI case and heard together by any one of the two courts, will be taken on February 22.

Till then, there will be no further proceedings in Dr Swamy's case. Dr Swamy had contended that the hearing of his case should continue as it covers more aspects than the CBI case.

Published on February 05, 2011

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