STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 5 September
A special court today allowed former Telecom Minister A Raja’s plea and directed the CBI to produce before it the inquiry report of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
In his order, Special CBI Judge, O P Saini, said the agency had argued that CVC’s communication cannot be disclosed and had not filed any response on Raja’s plea.
"CBI has admitted that the aforesaid communication and direct inquiry report (of the CVC) is in its custody. However, its case is that the communication was sent in official confidence and as such cannot be disclosed… However, the CBI has chosen not to even file a reply to the application despite the opportunity given to it, what to talk of claiming privilege," said the court.
However, it observed that CBI had not said disclosure of the CVC’s communication would make public interests suffer.
"Accordingly, I find no merit in the submission of the CBI. The prayer is allowed. The aforesaid communication of the CVC along with its direct inquiry report be produced in court and the accused/ applicant A Raja would be at liberty to take a copy of it," said the court.
In his plea, Raja had said that in 2009, an inquiry was conducted by the CVC into the allegations of allotment of 2G spectrum by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and on 12 October, 2009, CVC had forwarded its direct inquiry report to the CBI.
The plea added that CVC had asked the CBI to take necessary action in the matter and CVC’s 12 October, 2009, communication and direct inquiry report are in custody of CBI and have a material bearing on this case and are relevant for the cross-examination of the investigating officers in this matter. A Raja is facing trial in the case.