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Spectrum row: CBI to conduct `impartial` probe

CBI on Saturday asserted that it would undertake "a very impartial, correct and legal investigation" into the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam over which Union IT minister A Raja is entangled in a major controversy.



Chennai: CBI on Saturday asserted that it would undertake "a very impartial, correct and legal investigation" into the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam over which Union IT minister A Raja is entangled in a major controversy.

"The CBI has registered a case and we are undertaking investigation. Let me assure you CBI will do a very impartial, correct and legal investigation," CBI Director Ashwini Kumar told reporters here.
Kumar said CBI would not go by the opinions of individuals, media or anybody else in its probe into the spectrum controversy, adding, "whatever evidence comes it has to be legally admissible"

"We are not going to go by the opinions of individuals, media or anybody.. it has to be a legal investigation and we have to have legal evidence.. there has been a lot of media, public and Parliament attention" on this case, he said.

Stating that legally admissible evidence was important, the CBI chief said "we are doing that investigation and we will continue to do that."

To a query, Kumar said once the agency takes up investigation of a matter, it confines itself to the allegations made in the FIR and "if something more comes up, we can register another FIR."
To a query on political interference in the functioning of CBI, Kumar said "there is no question of it."

Without naming any cases, he said most of the cases were handed over by the Supreme Court "which has reposed faith in us." The investigating agency submitted reports to the apex court, copies of which were presented to the accused and their lawyers.

Asserting that CBI was not a "political organisation", he recalled the words from a statement made by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Parliament that the agency could neither be influenced nor bullied into giving tailor-made results and would be fair about its investigations.

Without naming the recent Ruchika case in which former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore was awarded an 18-month jail term, he attributed the success of the case to "20 year fight of the CBI", though some section of the electronic media blamed the agency for delay.

"The CBI counsel and Investigating Officer were present for 400 hearings. If that case has come to fruition, from our point of view, it is because of the hard-work of the CBI. Every point raised by accused has been replied," he said.

PTI

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