New Delhi, Aug 24 (): The Supreme Court is likely to pass its order on Friday regarding the two petitions that seek a CBI investigation against Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the 2G telecom scam. The court will be taking a decision whether to admit the petition or not or dismiss them.
The court is expected to pronounce its order to the Finance Minister on an appeal by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy who had demanded to make the Congress politician as a co-accused in the 2G case along with A. Raja.
While one petition was filed by Janata Party Chief Subramanian Swamy, another one was filed by chief lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, a non-governmental organization.
Both the petitioners demanded to investigate P.Chidambaram who was looking after the Finance portfolio in the year 2008, when the then telecom minister A. Raja allegedly gave the mobile network licenses and frequency to totally disqualified companies.
According to Swamy’s petition it alleged that Mr Chidambaram was the person responsible for permitting the telecom scam when he was taking care of the Finance department. Mr Swamy’s appeal was rejeccted by the special CBI court in Feb this year and therefore had to make an appeal in the Supreme Court against this verdict.
The Janata party leader claimed that Mr Chidambaram was aware of all the actions of A Raja.
As far as pricing of spectrum was concerned, Chidambaram should have intervened in order to protect the interest of the country, argued Mr Swamy.
Meanwhile Mr Prashant Bhushan in his petition stated that Chidambaram as finance minister has misused his power by favouring the auction of spectrum. Bhushan also claimed that Chidambaram had permitted two companies that were said to have shown too much favor by Mr Raja in order to sell stake to foreign investors at huge profits on the basis of licences which they achieved through immense negotiations.
However the government has stated that both the companies had functioned as per law regarding those partnerships.