A special court Monday directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file its response on whether Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy’s private complaint in the 2G spectrum allocation case could be combined with the agency’s FIR.
CBI Special Judge O.P. Saini said: ‘CBI should file its response by May 4.’
Swamy had been asked whether he wants his complaint to be ‘tagged’ with CBI’s FIR and he said he had no problem.
‘The scope of my application (private complaint) overlaps with the CBI case, but in some cases, its ambit is wider than that of the CBI’s FIR,’ Swamy told the court.
He also sought to be given a ‘status’ in the case.
In his response, CBI counsel A.K. Singh said that they need at least two weeks’ time to respond on the issue.
Swamy, who heads the Janata Party, told the court that he is also willing to assist the CBI and Special Public Prosecutor U.U. Lalit, who has been appointed by the Supreme Court as a prosecutor in this case.
Swamy’s private complaint on 2G spectrum allocation had been transferred to the special court set up at the instance of the Supreme Court to try all cases related to the scam.
The complaint was heard in the court of Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah, who marked the file to District Judge Pratibha Rani after the last hearing March 17. Rani, in turn, asked Swamy to appear before Saini.
Swamy’s 375-page complaint, seeking prosecution of former communications minister A. Raja, and Swamy’s appointment as public prosecutor under Section 5(3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was filed on Dec 15, 2010 and the court had Jan 7 termed it as ‘maintainable’.