Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on probe against P Chidambaram

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  1. Daredevil

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    2G case: Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on admitting plea seeking probe against P Chidambaram

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is expected to deliver verdict tomorrow morning on admitting two petitions which seek a CBI investigation against Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G telecom scam.

    The top court will decide whether the petitions are maintainable or not - i.e. it will either admit one or both petitions, or dismiss them. If the court finds the petitions maintainable, it could issue a notice to the Centre or to the CBI or even to the Finance Minister.

    One petition has been filed by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy and the other by leading lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan on behalf of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, a non-governmental organisation. They seek that the minister be investigated for his alleged role in the telecom scam - Mr Chidambaram was Finance Minister in 2008 too, when then Telecom Minister A Raja allegedly gifted mobile network licenses and frequency to ineligible companies.

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    Mr Swamy's petition says that Mr Chidambaram must be held responsible for allowing the telecom scam on his watch as Finance Minister. A special CBI court had rejected Mr Swamy's request in February this year and he had appealed to the Supreme Court against this verdict.

    Some days before that, the Supreme Court cancelled 122 licences issued by Mr Raja and said that spectrum should have been auctioned instead of being given at no extra cost along with licences. 2G or second generation spectrum will now be auctioned this year on the court's orders. A Raja spent about a year in jail before being granted bail.

    Mr Swamy says that Mr Chidambaram was aware of Mr Raja's actions. On matters like the pricing of spectrum, he should have intervened to protect the country's interests, Mr Swamy has argued.

    The second petition filed by lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan alleges that Mr Chidambaram as Finance Minister overruled his officers who favoured the auction of spectrum. Mr Bhushan also says that Mr Chidambaram allowed two companies that were allegedly shown undue favour by Mr Raja, to sell stake to foreign investors at massive profits on the basis of licences that they had got at hefty bargains. The companies - Swan and Unitech Wireless - have said no rules were violated because they did not sell their stake but created additional equity. Swan partnered with UAE-based Etisalat and Unitech with Norwegian company Telenor.

    The government has said that both companies operated within the parameters of the law in those partnerships.
     
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    Hope for some action.
     
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    chidambaram ke taare gardish mein

    jiyega ya marega sab kaal saaf hoyega
     
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    PC has more lives than the proverbial cat, he will get another reprieve tomorrow.
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Yeah! Swamy's path is the most difficult but the best one.

    Lets bet I am for action against PC! Anyone in his favor ?
     
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    2G case: Supreme Court gives clean chit to Chidambaram - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday gave absolute clean chit to finance minister P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

    The apex court said that there was absolutely no evidence to link him to any conspiracy in the 2G spectrum scam.

    The SC said there is no evidence presented to infer that Chidambaram had a role in under pricing of spectrum.

    The apex court said mere meeting of Chidambaram with then telecom minister A Raja is not sufficient to infer a conspiracy to lower the price of spectrum or their alleged irregular allotment.

    The SC bench also said there is no evidence to infer that Chidambaram had either abused his official position to earn pecuniary benefit to himself, A Raja or anyone.

    The SC said mere meeting of ministers among themselves or with the Prime Minister can not be cited as evidence to suggest wrong doing.

    The apex court also asked for affidavit from telecom secretary promising that the government will implement 2G judgment directing auction off 122 spectrum licences.

    The court sought the affidavit before entertaining the Centre's plea to extend auction deadline from August 31 to November 13.

    The apex court dismissed Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy's petition seeking CBI probe against Chidambaram in the 2G scam. It said Swamy's petition is devoid of any merit.

    Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy had moved the court challenging the trial court order which had held that P Chidambaram did not indulge in any criminal conspiracy in the 2G scam and refused to make him an accused in the case.
     
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    You are right Sumit. PC got clean chit.


    2G case: Supreme Court says no evidence against P Chidambaram, dismisses Subramanian Swamy's plea

    New Delhi: In a big relief to the UPA government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday gave a clean chit to Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The apex court dismissed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy's plea and said that no case is made out against Chidambaram.

    "There is no prima facie material to show that P Chidambaram got pecuniary benefits. There is no material evidence available to show that Chidambaram abused his position. No case is made out against P Chidambaram and the special leave petition filed against the judgement of the special CBI court is not liable to be entertained. Accordingly, the SLP is rejected," the bench of justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan said.

    The court said there was "no prima facie material" that Chidambaram got any pecuniary benefit nor was there any material on record to prove that he, as the then Finance Minister, abused his official position.

    Swamy called the Supreme Court decision a a bad judgement. "I did not even talk about any conspiracy. Neither did I mention of any conspiracy. I didn't have to prove criminal intent which I did not, I only said there is a national loss."

    Swamy also said that the judgement is not based on his argument. "The Supreme Court's judgement is based on something I did not argue."

    Swamy also warned that this decision will go against the government. "Don't think that there was any need for investigation. With the evidence available a chargesheet could have been filed," Swamy added.

    The SC judgement read, "Criminal conspiracy cannot be inferred merely because Chidambaram met Raja and DoT officials on spectrum pricing. Poor management in allocation of spectrum cannot be said to be product of criminal conspiracy."

    This is the second time a judicial relief has come for Chidambaram after a Delhi court on February 4 this year had dismissed a plea of a co-accused in the 2G case.

    Special CBI Judge OP Saini had held that Chidambaram had not indulged in any criminal conspiracy or derived any pecuniary advantage in the decisions taken with Raja.

    Giving a clean chit to the Finance Minister in the allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008, Saini had said Chidambaram was party to only two decisions - keeping spectrum prices at 2001 level and dilution of equity by two companies - which "are not per se criminal".

    Swamy had alleged that former telecom minister and main accused A Raja and Chidambaram had worked together in fixing 2G spectrum prices. Swamy had also claimed that the culpability of Chidambaram is similar to that of Raja.

    A trial court had earlier rejected Swamy's plea saying there was no criminal intent behind Chidambaram's actions and he was not part of the criminal conspiracy.

    Meanwhile, pointing a finger towards the Opposition Union Minister Farooq Abdullah hailed the apex court's decision and said, "This just shows what politics the BJP has been doing."

    Commenting on the judgement, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Veerappa Moily said, "Their (Opposition) attack on him was unwarranted, damaging a person's reputation and they should now admit their mistake."

    Simultaneously, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that after this judgement it is very clear that BJP has no case. "BJP has no legs to stand upon. Nation can't be held hostage," said Tewari.

    Union Minister Ambika Soni said, "It is a slap on the Opposition's face. The government has said it repeatedly that there is no ground or evidence for this petition."

    Soni said the Opposition should realise that hard earned money of tax payers is getting wasted due to adjournments.

    Criminal lawyer Majid Memon, too, said, "This will hopefully bring an end to all the political speculation about involvement of more people in this case."
     
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    DD, the whole case was very weak. Swamy did not bring any new evidence to the court. He presented the same evidence that he had submitted in the CBI court, where his case was thrown out of the window.

    I have a feeling Swamy went to the court only to keep on after PC, who is his enemy no. 1 these days, after the lady whom he calls Vishkanya.
     

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