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  • 2G Scam: SC asks Govt to file affidavit by Sat

    Published on November 18, 2010

    The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to file  an affidavit before it by Saturday on Prime Minister Manamohan Singh’s “alleged  inaction and silence” on Subramaniam Swamy’s plea seeking sanction to prosecute ex- Telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum scam case.

     Calling the lengthy delay in taking a decision on the Janata Party leader’s petition as an “extremely serious matter”, the Apex Court also said the CAG report on the 2G spectrum allocation placed in Parliament was “revealing.”

     A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly granted time to the Centre to file the affidavit after Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said that he is in a position to place before it the entire record on the issue.

     The court was hearing a petition filed by Swamy, the president of Janta Party, seeking a direction to Prime Minister for grant of sanction for prosecution of the DMK leader who has since resigned as Telecom Minister in connection with the spectrum allocation controversy.

     The Solicitor General told the court that he could file an affidavit on behalf of the government.

     The bench also asked Swamy that if he wants to file any affidavit, he can do so by Monday.

     It posted the matter for further hearing on Tuesday.

     After a brief hearing, the bench asked the Solicitor General to file an affidavit giving details on the issue “so that tomorrow you may not say that the opportunity was not given to place the records”.

     During the course of the submissions by the Solicitor General, the court said, “All these statements are oral, it will be extremely serious if we find ultimately that something is kept back from this court, so it will be appropriate to file an affidavit.”

     The bench also took on record the CAG report submitted in Parliament.

     At the outset, the Solicitor General submitted to the court that he has already gone through all records pertaining to Swamy’s complaint against Raja to the Prime Minister and the detailed communication between him and the PMO.

     He sought to assert that total transparency was maintained on the issue.

     Swamy, however, contended that he received only one letter from the PMO in March 2010 on his plea seeking prosecution of Raja.  “There was no other letter,” he said.

     The Supreme Court on Tuesday had asked some embarrassing questions on lenghty delay on the part of the Prime Minister in taking a decision on Swamy’s plea for grant of sanction to prosecute Raja in the Spectrum scam.

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