Swamy wants MK included as accused in spectrum case

Court asks CBI to file a detailed report of the investigation

Swamy wants MK included as accused in spectrum case

He also sought Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah to direct the CBI to probe national security aspect involved in the scam, which, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General, has caused a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the country’s exchequer.

Swamy’s move could be termed an attempt to put DMK on the backfoot before the Assembly elections in the state. He also sought the court to issue directions for probing the role of the DMK’s patriarch in the scam. He made the submissions on the court’s query as to how parallel proceedings could continue in the matter following the arrest of former telecom minister A Raja by the CBI on February 2.

The court referred to media reports stating that Raja and his two aides had already been arrested as pleaded by Swami in his complaint.

It wanted to know from him whether he would still press for his complaint, which sought prosecution of DMK MP Raja. “I am of the opinion that this court should not proceed for the time being with this matter,” the judge stated.

Swamy defended his complaint, saying that two cases could be clubbed and tried together.

Taking his plea into consideration, the judge, however, issued notice to the CBI asking it to file a status report in the matter on February 22
The CBI had already secured custody of Raja, his former personal secretary R K Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddartha Behura in its custody, from another court.

The court asked the CBI to file a “detailed report of the investigation being carried out by it and whether it covers the aspect of national security as raised by Subramanian Swamy in the present case.”

Swamy’s counsel Tarun Goomber said that an additional application would be filed in the court for impleadment of Karunanidhi.

Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, who was summoned by the court to appear as witnesses on Swamy’s complaint, sent a certified copy of the report through his advocate Sandeep Sethi.

According to the CBI, the scam has caused losses to the exchequer to the tune of
Rs 22,000 crore only.

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