The Supreme Court directed the government to respond to CAG report
The government of India was directed by the Supreme Court to take action on the CAG report which had clearly indicated massive irregularities and nepotism done purportedly by A Raja, the telecom minister in the scam regarding the allocation of 2G spectrum worth seventy thousand crores of rupees in the year of 2008.
Gopal Subhramanium, the solicitor general has been asked by a Bench consisting of justice A K Ganguly and justice G S Singhvi to go through the draft report.
The report alleged that the advice given by the Prime Minister as well as the law ministry had been ignored by the telecom ministry and allotted the license of 2G spectrum to ineligible companies out of favoritism.
Moreover the companies were allotted licenses at the least rate based on first-cum –first and the cut off date was decided by the telecom ministry, randomly.
22 October is the date that had been fixed by the bench of justices for the hearing of the matter. They did not pursue the status report that had been submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate.
The CBI had asked the Supreme Court to give the body six months time for getting the investigation of 2G scam, completed. The scam involved the telecom minister Mr. A. Raja who was accused of causing the exchequer a loss of seventy thousand crores of rupees.
Gopal Subhramanium, the solicitor general had informed the bench of justices that all bodies like the CBI, Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate have to work in coordination.
More over, investigation and study of transcripts of conversation happened between A Raja, Nira Radia, the corporate lobbyist and the owner of the public relation firm is very much on and is being shared. He also informed that investigation might take them beyond India.
Appearing for the petitioners, NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, advocate Prashant Bhushan cited a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, saying the scam may run up to Rs 1,39,652 crore against earlier estimates of Rs 70,000 crore and wondered aloud why the CBI had not questioned Raja even one year after the FIR was filed on October 21, 2009.
Investigations have revealed that besides Radia, other prominent corporate players, politicians and journalists are involved in the scam, he said.
On a plea by Janata party leader Subramanian Swamy seeking prosecution of Raja, the Solicitor General said the Prime Minister had taken on record Swamy’s representation, but would await results of the CBI probe.
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