Wind up Aircel-Maxis probe in six months

The Supreme Court today directed investigating agencies CBI and ED to complete their probe into the 2G spectrum allocation cases and other related matters in six months. DH file

Wind up Aircel-Maxis probe in six months

Expressing its dismay over the long-pending investigation in the 2G cases the Supreme Court today directed the Enforcement Directorate and CBI to complete the investigation within a period of six months.

The bench observed that the investigation has been going on for a long time and people of this country can not be kept in dark in the sensitive matter like this. "We are anxious about this case, we are very unhappy".

"This is a very important case and the country must know the results, whatever may be the decision". "Various orders had been passed by this court number of times". Both the investigative agencies have been criticised by the apex court after they failed completely the 2G investigation within 6 months and submit a report.

"Issue is serious for this country". The court also dismissed a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate related to the 2G scam.

The bench said it was not concerned about the individuals or personalities involved in the case and the Centre should file a status report in two weeks with regard to investigation done so far.

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The court also discharged Anand Grover as the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the 2G case and approved the centre's appointment of additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta in his place.

The ED is also looking into the money laundering aspects of the Aircel-Maxis deal.

The CBI had claimed that M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd had sought Foreign Investement Promotion Board (FIPB) approval for 800 million Dollars for which only the CCEA was competent, but Chidambaram had given approval to the firm in March 2006. The pending probes include that by the CBI into the role of Malaysian accused T. Anant Krishnan and Ralph Marshall in the Aircel-Maxis deal, and that by the CBI regarding Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval for Aircel-Maxis deal.

The court said it was open for the central government to change the special public prosecutor to represent the CBI and ED after the trial got over.

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