SC restrains Centre from acting against ED official probing Aircel-Maxis, 2G spectrum scam cases

Rajeshwar Singh, a UP cadre official who was asked by the apex court to probe the case, had approached the bench after some frivolous complaints were received by Revenue Secretary against him.

Published: 02nd November 2017 12:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd November 2017 12:47 PM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained the Centre from taking any immediate action against Enforcement Directorate (ED) official Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the Aircel-Maxis case and the 2G spectrum scam, following some anonymous complaints against him.

Singh, a UP cadre official who was asked by the apex court to probe the case, had approached the bench after some frivolous complaints were received by Revenue Secretary against him. Singh alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to hamper his promotion.

He said that the rise in complaints against him increased phenomenally after the ED attached properties of the accused in the Aircel-Maxis case, in which Karti Chidambaram—son of former Union minister P Chidambaram—and a firm is allegedly involved in money laundering.

Hearing the arguments, a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer issued notices to CBI, ED and the Department of Telecom and sought their responses in three weeks and said, “No action should be taken against the petitioner till the pendency of his plea by any of the authorities. Complaints like these come and go but suppose in a case someone comes after 20 years and makes a complaint against a person holding public office, will it be entertained? ”  

Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for Singh, requested the bench that detailed investigation should be ordered into the sudden filing of these complaints and said, “Two attempts were made since the last apex court order in 2014, which protected him from any such complaints filed by the accused in the 2G case in complicit with the government. He has been victim of several attempts in the past when he was probing Sahara case.”

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