Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2G scam: Supreme Court to hear plea against Raja today

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court is expected to decide today whether the Prime Minister's nod is needed to prosecute former Telecom Minister A Raja who resigned from the post late on Sunday evening.

The top court will hear two petitions against Raja on the 2G spectrum scam.

Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy sought the court's intervention on grounds that his application before the PM seeking his sanction to prosecute A Raja for corruption is pending for the last two years.

The petitioner told the court that there is no need for the PM's nod since Raja has resigned as a minister. The other plea is by petitioner Prashant Bhushan on the CAG report on licences issued to ineligible companies at 2001 prices.

During the last hearing on October 29, the Supreme Court had slammed the CBI for its "slipshod" investigations into the 2G Spectrum allocation issue and even wondered how Raja was continuing in office.
The Telecom ministry had claimed that new licenses and 2G Spectrum was distributed as per the existing policy which were followed by all the predecessors of Raja.

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