Supreme Court sets six-month deadline for 2G case probes

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A bench led by Justice Arun Mishra directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete the probe within six months, observing that "you can not keep the people of the country in the dark". "We direct all the concerned agencies, CBI, ED etc.in the circumstances, as assured by K K Venugopal, AC (Amicus Curiae) and Attorney General for India, that investigations shall be completed within six months in all the cases..." This includes the probe into Karti Chidambaram's role in connection with the Aircel-Maxis case.

The bench observed that the investigation has been going on for a long time and people of this country can not be kept in dark in the sensitive matter like this. Investigation was ordered by this court in 2010 and since then several orders have been passed but nothing has happened so far.

"The issue is serious for this country. Tell us, how much investigation is pending and why have you not been able to complete the probe yet", the bench said. The Bench has also asked the government to submit a status report of the various cases in a sealed cover within two weeks. In late December, Delhi's special trial court acquitted all the accused in 2G scam including the former Telecom Minister A Raja in 2G spectrum allocation case.

The Bench also dismissed the contempt application filed in the case which questioned the appointment of ASG Tushar Mehta as the Special Public Prosecutor in cases relating to the 2G spectrum.

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The ED is also looking into the money laundering aspects of the Aircel-Maxis deal. He is accused of giving Foreign investment Promotion Board (FIPB) green light in Aircel-Maxis case.

Earlier the Supreme Court had appointed Senior Advocate Anand Grover as Special Public Prosecutor to appear before the Special Court of PMLA (and higher Courts) in the proceedings related to 2G Spectrum cases.

In a separate writ petition in the apex court, Mr. Chidambaram called the CBI and ED probe into the Aircel-Maxis case "illegal investigations".

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