Govt-CBI rift over 2G scam emerges

Apex court for day-to-day hearing in spectrum case

Govt-CBI rift over 2G scam emerges

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly, however, indicated that it could go along with the CBI’s choice.

The court said it will pass an order on April 11 while directing the Special Court to conduct the proceedings in the 2G case on a day-to-day basis with no adjournment being granted to any party on any basis.

“We intend to pass the order for the appointment of Lalit as special public prosecutor to conduct the trial,” Justice Singhvi said. Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, on her part, sought one week’s time to decide and recorded her reservations on the name. “We (Centre) will consider our position if and when the order is passed,” she said. “We do not want to be seen as a consenting party to Lalit’s name.”

At the outset, Jaising sought time saying that the Centre did not think it was “appropriate and necessary” to clarify its stand with regard to a particular provision in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) mandating the special public prosecutor to have worked under the Union for at least seven years.

Senior Advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, contended that if the Centre was not pressing for that provision of the Act, it was now for the court to decide the proposal to appoint Lalit. But he was countered by Jaising who alleged that counsel was “distorting” her statement.

During the hearing, Haren Rawal, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate, also objected to the submission of Venugopal terming it  his “personal views.”

Earlier, the CBI and the Centre had locked horns on the appointment of Lalit to the post of special public prosecutor with Attorney General G E Vahanvati objecting to in referring to the provision in the PMLA enjoining such a person to have worked for the Union or State for at least seven years.

Venugopal told the court that the CBI would be filing its supplementary chargesheet in the 2G scam case before April 24 with which the monitoring by the Supreme Court would come to an end.

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