SC seeks CBI reply on plea for probe into Batcha`s death by it

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 18:37

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought
the CBI`s response to a plea for transferring to it the probe
into the mysterious death of former Telecom Minister A Raja`s
close aide Sadiq Batcha early this month in Chennai.

A bench of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly sought
CBI`s reply on the plea made by Centre for Public Interest
litigation (CPIL), a civil society, on whose petition the
court had ordered CBI to probe the 2G spectrum allocation
scam.

Appearing for CPIL, advocate Prashant Bhushan said
Batcha`s death was being probed by Tamil Nadu police and it
has not yet been transferred to the CBI.

"Let KK Venugopal (senior advocate for the CBI) go
through the application. We will take it on April 1," the
bench said.

Batcha was interrogated by the CBI in connection with
the 2G Spectrum allocation scam.

Thirty eight-year-old Batcha had died in mysterious
circumstances at his home in South Chennai on March 16 and his
wife had claimed that he committed suicide "unable to cope
with the pressure" of the probe in the case.

Batcha was the Managing Director of Greenhouse
Promoters, a firm under the scanner of the CBI as well as the
Enforcement Directorate in connection with the spectrum
allocation scam.

He was said to have been found hanging in his house in
Vannia Teynampet in South Chennai by his wife and his driver.

The CBI and the ED had conducted searches at his
official and residential premises in December. He has been
called for questioning four times since then.

The possibility of his firms acting as a front for
the former minister was being looked into.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 18:37

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