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Supreme Court tells CBI to act on chief's opinion in 2G case

Posted on Nov 29, 09:55PM | IANS

The Supreme Court Thursday asked the CBI to act in pursuance to the opinion of its director for the prosecution of former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and two companies which had got excess 2G spectrum in 2002.

The apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said that in their view the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) "will take action in accordance with the view expressed by its director for the prosecution of some persons".

Asking the agency to go through the report placed before it and take action, the court said: "He (CBI director) has taken a particular view and he is the final authority in the CBI on the issue."

The apex court direction came after it perused the report given to it in a sealed cover by the probe agency.

The CBI had sought a report on the alleged differences within the agency on the prosecution of Ghosh, other officials and the telecom companies who benefited from the grant of excess spectrum which in turn caused the exchequer a loss of Rs.508.22 crore.

During the hearing Nov 19, the Centre for Public Interest Litigation's counsel Prashant Bhushan said that the CBI's director for prosecution was resisting action against Ghosh and others.