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Monday, July 11, 2011
2G Spectrum Scam: Supreme Court to hear plea for expanding probe before 2001!
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A view of the Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi. File photo.
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear several issues related to the 2G scam including a plea to expand the scope of CBI investigation into allocation of spectrum prior to 2001 and on contempt proceedings against Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy for allegedly interfering with the probe.
A bench of justices G.S. Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly will hear an NGO’s application seeking a direction to the CBI to register a case and investigate into the various illegalities and irregularities in the telecom sector that took place prior to 2001, which have been specifically highlighted in the CAG report of 2000.
The bench till now has monitored the probe into allocation of spectrum from 2001 to 2007 and that of during the regime of former telecom minister A Raja.
The application filed by NGO ‘Citizens Grievances Redressal Foundation’, which is being represented by senior advocate Shanti Bhushan, submitted that the CAG report of 2000 will show that some of existing operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were major beneficiaries of migration from fixed licence fee to revenue sharing regime.
The bench will also peruse the response of Roy against whom it found prima facie ground for initiating suo motu contempt proceedings for allegedly interfering with the probe in the 2G spectrum case.