Judge heading 2G probe says he won't be influenced

If anyone tries to bring pressure on me, he will face the music

“If anyone tries to bring pressure on me, he will face the music”, Justice Patil said in a conversation with Deccan Herald. He said pressure meant nothing to him. As a Supreme court judge, he had handled many cases and he never came across any instance of bringing pressure on him.

The Judge, who hails from Karnataka, will take charge of the Commission on Monday in New Delhi, to undertake one of the most high-profile inquiries in recent history, considering the allegations of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss caused to the exchequer in awarding 2G licences.

Justice Patil, who has been asked to submit his report in four weeks, said he had not received a copy of the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“I don’t know whether I will be able to complete the task assigned to me until I go through the terms of reference”, he said.

Asked whether he was confident that the Government would take his report seriously, the retired judge said. He said the Commission he would be heading was different from many other Commissions, whose reports were gathering dust.

“The Government constituted the Commission with a specific purpose. And, the fact that it wants report at the earliest gives an impression that the Government will not ignore it,” he said.

Independent inquiry

Justice Patil said his inquiry was independent of the investigation undertaken by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). His task is limited to look into administrative lapses in allotting spectrum licence. “I have to submit a report based on my verification of records. Whereas the CBI has bigger role than me. It is probing into the scam in the entire affair.”

Justice Patil will continue to head the Committee constituted by the Karnataka High Court to check the increasing instances of child marriages in the State, although the Government is yet to provide him an office and a secretary. 

“The inquiry at Department of Telecom is of short duration. I will balance both the responsibilities. The inquiry will be over in a few weeks. I will come back on Saturdays to look after the Committee’s responsibilities in Bangalore,” he said.

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