2G scam: CAG to appear as witness

CAG Vinod Rai and Director RP Singh have been summoned by a Delhi court.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 12:27 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court has summoned Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai and Director CAG to appear as witnesses on a complaint by Janata Party chief
Subramanian Swamy seeking prosecution of former telecom
minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Special CBI Judge Pradip Chaddah Friday evening sought
presence of the top auditor and the official, RP Singh, in
the court on February 5 to depose as witnesses.

The order came on a private complaint by Swamy seeking
registration of a criminal case against Raja for his alleged
role in the scam, which, according to the CAG, caused a
presumptive loss of 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

The court had on January 7 held as "maintainable" the
private complaint filed by Swamy on December 15 last year.

He had made a three-fold prayer which included that his
complaint be taken cognizance of and Raja be summoned to take
the case to its logical conclusion.

As per the second prayer, Swamy wanted the court to
appoint him "as a deemed public prosecutor under the
provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act".

As per his third prayer, Swamy wanted the court`s
directions to agencies like the CBI and Enforcement
Directorate (ED) to assist him in conducting prosecution and
in the further investigation into the scam.

Quoting from the CAG report, Swamy had alleged that Raja
committed fraud by adopting the first-come-first-served basis
in allocating Spectrum to ineligible companies.

The court had on the day of previous hearing said that
first of all Swamy will have to depose as a complainant in the
case and then only his plea, seeking appointment as a deemed
public prosecutor, could be decided.

PTI