No one will be spared in 2G scam probe: SC

The Supreme Court said no person, irrespective of their chair and wealth, would be spared in 2G Spectrum scam investigations.

Last Updated: May 05, 2011, 22:01 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said no
person, irrespective of their chair and wealth, would be
spared in 2G Spectrum scam investigations and slammed Income
Tax department for the slow probe against corporate lobbyist
Niira Radia and others for alleged tax evasion in the case.

The court also described as "mind boggling" the
figures of the transactions mentioned in the first report
submitted by the IT department, observing it has not seen "so
many zeros in our life".

Directing the IT department to be quicker and not to
treat in an "ordinary way" the cases relating to the 2G scam,
the court said it wants a "result".

"The IT department must be quicker. This is not a
normal case of tax evasion. It (probe) should have been done
fast. These are not ordinary cases to be handled in ordinary
way," a bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said
after going through the report given in a sealed envelope.

The court assured the petitioners, the Centre for
Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and others, that all the
persons involved in the scam will be brought to justice
irrespective of their wealth, position and power.

"You (petitioner) rest assured that no person,
irrespective of their chair and wealth, could get immunity in
any way," the bench said, adding "investigation in the case
has made some progress which would not not have been possible
in normal circumstances."

The bench while directing the IT department to
place the complete report before it on May 13 said, "We would
like to see the entire report on the action taken by you in
the last three years when the department started probing on
the complaint (filed against Radia). We would see what you
have done after we started monitoring the case(of 2G scam)."

It also expressed surprise over the magnitude of
transactions mentioned in the IT department report, saying
"figures are mind boggling".

"We have never seen so many zeros in our life. Not
even half of what has been mentioned here except in school
mathematics classes," the bench observed.

The IT department, however, defended its ongoing probe
saying the investigation has entered the "fifth layer"
and that the approach towards the case has not been tardy.

The court, however, was not satisfied and said, "We
are not concerned about layers but results."

CBI meanwhile refuted the allegation made by CPIL
which had contended that the big corporate players like
Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani, Essar Group CEO Prashant
Ruia and Tatas are being let off in the scam probe.

Senior Advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the CBI
and ED, submitted that no person involved in the scam would be
let off and that "investigation is still going on against
Reliance and Tatas".

The investigating agency also submitted that it will
file fresh status report on the ongoing investigation in 2G
scam after the summer vacation.

PTI