Central Bureau of Investigation director Ranjit Sinha is under fire for allegedly attempting to save corporates names in the 2G Spectrum Scam. The CBI chief is also accused of allegedly shunting out Santosh Rastogi, a DIG-rank CBI officer, of the investigation of all 2G spectrum scam matters.
Did India come under pressure from Italy and ratified a pact to let off Italian marines being tried in Indian court for allegedly murdering two Kerala fishermen in 2012? A news report in The Indian Express on February 12, 2013 points to that possibility.
In a far-reaching judgment, the Supreme Court has at last taken ownership of Information Commissions as being quasi-judicial bodies under itself.
The fact that the CBI has chosen to rely on the oral evidence of the accused - while giving a clean chit to Ambani - and ignored the documentary evidence totally suggests that it is either incompetent, partisan or corrupt. Or all three?
There is no one to own responsibility. The concept of collective responsibility which is the bedrock of parliamentary democracy has been killed in India.
Last week, one was dumbfounded when Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal tried to insult the intelligence of the entire nation while stating that the 2G scam did not cause any loss to the nation. Though his arguments seemed convincing, they were heavily flawed.
BJP's strategists believe that if a JPC probe is ordered then they can use the issue for a longer period of time (Assembly Polls in certain states next year and General Elections in 2014). Also, the members of the JPC can keep on widening the scope of the inquiry, and can even summon the Prime Minister to appear before it.
Ratan Tata would be well advised to sack the lobbyist, withdraw the petition from the Supreme Court and let the tapes remain in the public domain. Otherwise he risks damaging his reputation forever which will be a sad thing. As for the tapes, they will remain in public domain (the Internet is too vast to be covered by a court injunction).
CPIL has placed before the Supreme Court two draft reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which pointed out that the 2G scam has caused a loss of over 1 lakh crore to the exchequer. Canary Trap brings you some important extracts of the CAG draft reports, which directly points a finger of suspicion towards Raja for alleged irregularities and favoritism in the allotment of spectrum.