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



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 Company.

PTI