In a huge relief for Finance Minister P.Chidambaram, the apex court dismissed a petition by Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy seeking to make him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case.
One petition has been filed by Janata Party chiefSubramanian Swamy and the other by leading lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, a non-governmental organization.
Subramanian Swamy, in his petition, had sought makingChidambaram a co-accused in the 2G case alleging that he was as culpable as Raja in determining the price of the spectrum
A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi dismissed NGO Centre for Public Interest and Litigation’s (CPIL) plea to order further investigation in the case. CPIL, on whose petition SC had ordered CBI probe into the 2G scam, too wants CBI to investigate Chidambaram’s role in the case.
The court on 24 April had reserved its order on whether to issue a notice to Finance Minister PChidambaram on a plea filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, seeking to make him a co-accused along with former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G pricing case.The apex court also reserved the order on Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) plea for a court-monitored CBI probe into Chidambaram’s role as the then finance minister in deciding 2G spectrum prices.
If court admits plea then
If the court admits the petition , then it is likely to issue notice to Chidambaram and the CBI seeking their responses to Swamy’s allegation that the minister had a role in allocation of spectrum at a low price, thus causing loss to the exchequer.
What is Swamy’s plea
Mr Swamy’s petition says that Mr Chidambaram must be held responsible for allowing the telecom scam on his watch as finance minister. A special CBI court had rejected Mr Swamy’s request in February this year and he had appealed to the Supreme Court against this verdict.
he application filed by the NGO, submitted that a “thorough investigation” was required to probe the role of Chidambaram, who was the Finance Minister when spectrum was allocated to telecom companies during the tenure of A Raja as Telecom Minister in 2008.
However,Swamy’s plea was rejected on 4 February, by the Special CBI Court which had saidChidambaram did not indulge in any criminal conspiracy or derive any pecuniary advantage in the decisions taken with Raja.