SC judge retires in days,2G cases hang in balance

CBI and govt are anxious over pronouncement of three crucial orders pending in the case.

Written by Krishnadas Rajagopal | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 1:40 am

With hardly seven working days left for the retirement of Supreme Court judge Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly,the CBI and government are anxious over the pronouncement of three crucial orders pending in the 2G scam case.

The judge,who accompanied Justice G S Singhvi on the Bench to stir up the CBI in 2010 to investigate the 2G case without “fear or favour”,is retiring on February 2.

After lengthy hearings,the Bench had reserved three crucial matters in the 2G case for final orders: the alleged role of Home Minister P Chidambaram; the cancellation of 122 licences allotted by Raja to private companies; and whether a Special Investigation Team is required to monitor the 2G investigation. The matters may have to be heard afresh in case the orders are not delivered before the judge’s retirement.

The Bench has been hearing the 2G cases since the apex court admitted a PIL in 2010 demanding a court-monitored probe.

It is the lengthy battles and constant prodding of the Bench that are believed to have led to many prominent arrests in the case,including that of former Union telecom minister A Raja. The court,in order to avoid a prolonged trial,had directed the setting up of a special court dedicated to trying the case on a day-to-day basis and for the appointment of a Special Public Prosecutor.

As for the three matters before the bench,the CBI had vehemently argued against the formation of an SIT. Accused of being sloppy in its probe,the agency would be vindicated if there is an order in its favour.

The Bench had reserved verdict on a plea by the Centre of Public Interest Litigation to form an SIT to supervise and report on the CBI investigation to the Supreme Court. A decision on this would also indirectly be a comment on whether the SC should continue monitoring the 2G case on trial before the Special Court.

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