‘Probe into 2G scam fair and impartial’

The CBI on Friday asserted in the Supreme Court that it was probing in a "fair and impartial" manner the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum licences.

New Delhi: The CBI on Friday asserted in the Supreme Court that it was probing in a "fair and impartial" manner the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum licences distributed in 2008 by Telecom Minister A Raja, and it was not in a position at this stage to deny or agree with the charges.

The agency filed an affidavit in this regard and mentioned that it was placing in a sealed envelope the status report about investigations into allegations that there was a Rs 70,000-crore scam in allotment of 2G spectrum licences, in which Raja`s name cropped up.

The affidavit was filed by the CBI in compliance with the September 13 notice to the Centre, Raja and others.

Sources said that the agency in its affidavit has maintained that "the investigation is being carried out in the right earnest and in a fair and impartial manner without even in the slightest manner showing any partiality to any suspect/ accused, who may ultimately be involved in the commission of the any of the mentioned offence".

They further said CBI has also maintained that the facts disclosed in the status report would show that probing this case involves a deep investigation into a very complex and vastly spread issue.

"The enormity of material and evidence mentioned but would also justify the request being made that such investigations require a tremendous amount of work and is, by the very nature of the material and evidence, time consuming in order to arrive at correct conclusion of the culpability, if any, of the suspects and accused persons."

Sources associated with the matter said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was "cautiously" moving in the case and at this stage it was not in a position to agree or deny the allegations as the probe was still going on.

"We do not agree or deny anything till the investigation is going on," sources said.

In the affidavit it has been maintained that" it is the bonafide perception that disclosure of details of investigation, so far made, will be prejudicial to the interest of investigation", sources said.

CBI further believes that if the avernments as urged in the petition are dealt in seriatim (one by one in order), the same is likely to prejudice the investigation since it will disclose the line of probe which may not be in the interest of investigation.

A bunch of petitions filed by an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and others had alleged that the Centre was trying to put a lid on the investigation into the alleged irregularities in spectrum licence allocation.

The Supreme Court on September 13 had sought response within ten days from Raja, Department of Telecom, CBI, Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department.


New York: Struggling CNN has fired Jon Klein,
the head of its US network.

CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton said today that Klein
is being replaced by Ken Jautz, who currently runs HLN. The
former Headline News Network has been a success in recent
years with a switch to an opinionated prime-time lineup.

Klein, a former CBS executive, has never been able to
solve the puzzle of building a prime-time lineup competitive
in the ratings. CNN badly trails top-ranked Fox News Channel,
and MSNBC`s switch to a left-focused talk lineup at night has
also left CNN behind.

The timing, however, is odd. Klein just remade CNN`s
prime-time lineup with an 8 pm show starring former New York
Gov Eliot Spitzer, which debuts next week, and announced Piers
Morgan as the replacement to Larry King.