New Delhi, Nov 7: Criticising the Uttar Pradesh government, the bench said allegations against the officer are being made to “prevent him from conducting the probe in the scam fearlessly”.
Taking strong exception to Uttar Pradesh government initiating action against a senior ED officer probing 2G scam, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the proceedings against him saying he is being targeted at the behest of someone at the top in the hierarchy.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishanan said that the ED's Deputy Director Rajeshwar Singh, on whose plea contempt proceeding were initiated against Sahara Group Chief Subrata Roy for allegedly interfering with the probe in the scam, needs to be protected.
The bench said that allegations against him are being made to “prevent him from conducting the probe in the scam fearlessly”.
“He must be protected. He is acting as an officer of the court and we are monitoring the case. They are flouting our order by taking action against him. Hope that good sense prevails upon them,” the bench said.
Enforcement Directorate submitted that complaint against Mr Singh has been filed in various ministries and PIL has also been filed against him in Allahabad High Court. It also said that same complaint have been sent to many MPs.
“It shows that it was done on the instruction of someone at the top in the hierarchy,” the bench said, adding, “We won't be surprised if that happens to anyone of us also.”
It said that the officer would not be able to probe the scam if he is targeted by filing petition and complaints against him.
“If this is allowed to happen then no one would be able to investigate the case,” the bench said. “God has been very kind to Rajeshwar Singh. He is still alive and is surviving,” it said.