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Supreme Court rejects Subramanian Swamy's petitions against Chidambaram in 2G case


August 24, 2012 - New Delhi

The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, has rejected both the petitions against P Chidambaram filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy. This comes as a big relief to Chidambaram who is facing heat from the opposition parties demanding a probe against him in connection to the 2G scam. The petitions were filed by Subramanian Swamy and the NGO Centre for Public Interest and Litigation (CPIL) urging the apex court to order probe against finance minister P Chidambaram in the 2G scam. A bench of justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan gave the order.

Subramanian Swamy has contended that Chidambaram should be held responsible in the 2G scam as he was the finance minister when the scam took place. He claimed that the Chidambaram was aware of the then telecom minister A Raja's actions and should have intervened.

The Supreme Court judgment said, "No prima facie material to show that Chidambaram got pecuniary benefits. No material evidence available to show that Chidambaram abused his position... 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."

Reacting to the judgment, Subramanian Swamy said, "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. The Supreme Court's judgment is based on something I did not argue."

The judgment was hailed by Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily. Referring to the verdict, Farooq Abdullah said, "This just shows what politics the BJP has been doing". Moily lashed out against the opposition saying, "Their attack on him was unwarranted, damaging a person's reputation and they should now admit their mistake."

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