Taking umbrage at Finance Ministry’s reported attempt to remove him as Enforcement Directorate’s counsel in the 2G spectrum scam cases, senior advocate K K Venugopal on Monday told the Supreme Court that he will not appear for the agency any further. Apart from the ED, Venugopal appears for the CBI in the case as the special counsel.
Venugopal has also written letters to the Finance Ministry and Director of ED, intimating them about his decision. In the letters, he has stated that he was inclined to immediately discontinue as ED prosecutor if the media reports about the ministry removing him are correct.
Venugopal, however, has not received any communication from the ED about his removal.
The issue came up before a bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu though Venugopal appeared in a different matter. Citing the media report, Justice Dattu told Venugopal: “We are sorry…we have embarrassed you.” To which Venugopal replied: “I don’t think the report was against you.”
The bench then referred to its order, in which the Centre was stopped from repatriating ED officer Rajeshwar Singh, who was probing the 2G case, to his parent cadre.
The court order was passed on the basis of Venugopal’s submissions, underlining that the apex court order was clear that no officer in the CBI or ED investigating the 2G scam would be moved out without its permission.