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SC Asks For PM's Affidavit In 2G Spectrum Case By Saturday

New Delhi, Nov 18: The Supreme Court today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to file an affidavit on "alleged inaction" in responding to a plea seeking sanction to prosecute ex-Telecom minister A Raja in the

PTI [ Updated: November 18, 2010 21:45 IST ]
sc asks for pm s affidavit in 2g spectrum case by saturday
sc asks for pm s affidavit in 2g spectrum case by saturday

New Delhi, Nov 18: The Supreme Court today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to file an affidavit on "alleged inaction" in responding to a plea seeking sanction to prosecute ex-Telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum scam case, calling the matter "extremly serious."

A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly allowed an official to file the affidavit on behalf of the Prime Minister after agreeing to a plea made by Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium in this regard.

The Court also said the CAG report on the 2G spectrum allocation placed in Parliament was "revealing."

Subramanium later told reporters the affidavit would be filed before the apex court tomorrow.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Swamy, the president of Janta Party, that had sought a direction to the Prime Minister for grant of sanction for prosecution of Raja when he was the Telecom minister. The prime minister is the respondent number one in the petition.

The DMK leader has since resigned on Sunday in the wake of mounting pressure on him in the wake of the spectrum allocation controversy.

The court granted time to the Centre to file the affidavit after Subramanium said he is in a position to place before it the entire record on the issue and file an affidavit on behalf of the government.

The bench also asked Swamy that if he wants to file any affidavit, he can do so by Monday. It posted the matter for further hearing on Tuesday.

After a brief hearing, the bench asked the Solicitor General to file an affidavit giving details on the issue "so that tomorrow you may not say that the opportunity was not given to place the records".

During the course of the submissions by the Solicitor General, the court said, "All these statements are oral, it will be extremely serious if we find ultimately that something is kept back from this court, so it will be appropriate to file an affidavit."

Swamy said he had also received a letter from Raja that why sanction would not be granted on his plea.

At this point, the bench said how can Raja write such a letter. "He is not a sanctioning authority. We cannot consider it," the court said.

The bench also took on record the CAG report submitted in Parliament.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, said the observations made in the CAG report were damaging.

To this, the bench said, "Why are you saying it is damaging, it is revealing."

At the outset, the Solicitor General submitted to the court that he has already gone through all records pertaining to Swamy's complaint against Raja to the Prime Minister and the detailed communication between him and the PMO.

He sought to assert that total transparency was maintained on the issue.

The Solicitor General also said the court observations did not amount to passing strictures on the prime minister. "If judges cannot ask questions, then who will ask the questions. We know how to deal with questions and we will answer them," he said.

"Whatever was said (in the court) was part of a debate which takes place when a matter is adjudicated," he added. PTI

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