The court was hearing a petition filed by the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigations. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
Slamming the “delay” in probe in the 2G case, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to complete the investigations in six months. “We will haul up every officer if the probe is not over (in six months). This cannot be kept pending for long,” a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha said.
The court said, “This case has significance for the people as the 2G scam has attracted the attention of this court and citizenry since long. It is unfortunate…that so far an investigation in all 2G and other allied cases has not been completed…We direct all the concerned agencies, CBI, ED etc. in the circumstances, as assured by K K Venugopal, AC (Amicus Curiae) and Attorney General for India, that investigations shall be completed within six months in all the cases…”
The court was hearing a petition filed by the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigations. The bench pointed out the plea was filed in 2010. “Various orders had been passed by this court number of times. Thereafter, for the last several years, we find that nothing substantial happened in the matter”, the bench noted.
The bench said the AG had referred to some resistances in the process and ordered, “Let those difficulties be placed on record and status report ...