2G scam a national security threat? CBI to probe

The CBI has begun probing if the 2G spectrum scam compromised the country`s internal security and would apprise the Supreme Court of its findings on March 15; the agency told a Delhi court on Tuesday.

New Delhi: The CBI has begun probing if
the 2G spectrum scam compromised the country`s internal
security and would apprise the Supreme Court of its findings
on March 15; the agency told a Delhi court on Tuesday.

"The issue of national security has also been
raised by (Janata Party chief Subramanian) Swamy before the
Supreme Court. CBI is presently examining the said matter and
will file a progress report before the Supreme Court on March
15," the CBI told Special Judge Pradeep Chaddah, in its
report.
CBI made a plea asking the special court to
discontinue proceedings before it. the court, however, listed
the matter for further hearing on March 17.

The agency contended that it has already registered
the case on the 2G spectrum allocation scam and was
investigating it while an FIR in connection with the case was
before another court of Special Judge O P Saini.

"CBI has filed a report regarding Swamy`s
apprehensions of threat to national security. It has been
submitted in the report that matter is now pending before the
Supreme Court," the court said.

CBI said it has begun probing the threat to country`s
internal security as per the concerns raised by Swamy, who had
come to the court seeking a probe into the scam.

He had also sought the court`s direction to appoint
him as a public prosecutor to help the agency in probing the
case and trying the accused.

Swamy, however, could not appear before it today as he
was attending the 2G spectrum matter in the Supreme Court. His
counsel Tarun Goomber asked the lower court to exempt him from
personal appearance today, which the court allowed.
CBI had earlier told the court that it was not aware
of the threat to national security posed by allocation of 2G
spectrum to some telecom firms which subsequently off-loaded
their shares to global firms with links to Pakistan.

"We (CBI) are not aware of the details of national
security aspect as raised by Swamy in his application as a
copy of the complaint by him is not available with us," CBI
had said.

But, CBI filed its report today as the court had
specifically asked it earlier if their investigation also
covered the national security aspect as raised by Swamy.

PTI

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