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CBI-Govt not at loggerheads over appointment of 2G counsel: CBI

Last Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 00:25

New Delhi: CBI on Wednesday said there was no
difference of opinion with the government over proposed
appointment of senior advocate U U Lalit as special public
prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case and termed it as the
prerogative of the government to appoint a counsel.

Senior CBI officials said the name of Lalit was
suggested by the Supreme Court during a hearing to which the
CBI counsel had said that it did not have any objections.
However, the Union government, which has the prerogative
to appoint a lawyer in the case, had objected to Lalit`s name
in the Supreme Court on technical grounds saying that he did
not have the required experience.

The government will come up with the name of the counsel
in the case on Friday.

CBI officials said it is in government`s jurisdiction to
appoint the prosecutor and CBI is only involved with the
investigations into the case.

CBI said there was no difference of opinion among the
two lawyers or between the agency and government but the
matter was inferred in a wrong context.

"We have no problem with anybody (lawyer) proposed by
the government for the case," the CBI official said.

The CBI has registered cases against former Telecom
Minister A Raja and others under various provisions of the
Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Corruption Act and the
Prevention of Money Laundering Act for their alleged
involvement in allocation of second generation spectrum to
telecom companies.
The agency in its first charge sheet alleged that Raja,
former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja`s personal
secretary R K Chandolia, Shahid Usman Balwa and Sanjay Chandra
entered into a conspiracy for manipulating the procedure for
allocation of spectrum with the aim of favouring companies
like Swan Telecom and Unitech Group.

Others named in the charge sheet include Vinod Goenka, a
Director of Mumbai-based DB Realty, which was also promoter of
Etisalat DB, Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director of Unitech and
Unitech Wireless(Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd and Gautam Doshi, Hari
Nair and Surendra Pipara, Group Managing Director and two
Senior Vice Presidents of Mumbai-based Reliance Telecom


First Published: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 00:25
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