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Ganguly declines comments on PC verdict

Justice (retd) Asok Kumar Ganguly Saturday refused to comment on CBI court`s decision to throw out Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy`s plea to make Home Minister P Chidambaram an accused in the case.



New Delhi: Justice (retd) Asok Kumar Ganguly,
who along with Justice G S Singhvi, cancelled 122 2G licenses,
Saturday refused to comment on CBI court`s decision to throw out
Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy`s plea to make Home
Minister P Chidambaram an accused in the case.

Ganguly, who demitted office on Friday after delivering
the crucial judgement, said "I don`t want to say anything on
the lower court`s decision...because that might be decided in
a higher court."

A Delhi court today threw out Swamy`s plea to make the
Union Home Minister an accused in the 2G case holding that he
did not indulge in any criminal conspiracy or derive any
pecuniary advantage from the decisions taken with former
telecom minister A Raja.

On government`s perceived inaction in 2G scam, Justice
Ganguly said, "It is difficult to know why government didn`t
auction. We have now given guidelines. We hope government
follows that."

Asked whether Raja was being made a
scapegoat, the former apex court judge said he has no inkling
about it.

"We don`t know who is being protected. We have come to a
conclusion (judgement)", he added.

Justice Ganguly, however, said sanction for prosecution
of corrupt officials must be seriously considered as otherwise
it would erode people`s confidence in the rule of law.

"Protection is given to a public official to work
fearlessly. But when prima facie cases exist against public
officials, grant of sanction should be seriously considered.

"Sitting over sanction is not good for rule of law. If
government delays sanction in prima facie corruption cases,
people`s faith gets drained out", he added.

PTI

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