The Supreme Court ordered probe against senior Enforcement Directorate (ED) official Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the Aircel-Maxis deal case. Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Centre, told the court that the government was willing to investigate the allegations against Singh.
A vacation bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and SK Kaul said that allegations levelled against Rajeshwar Singh, who has handled probe in high-profile cases, were serious and required to be looked into.
The plea is filed by Rajneesh Kapur, who claims to be an investigative journalist, alleging Singh has amassed assets which are disproportionate to his known source of income.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who has filed intervening applications in the main 2G case, has also moved the top court seeking its permission to implead himself as a party in the plea filed by Kapur.
The court, while hearing the matter, said that issues related to the 2G spectrum case were “highly sensitive” and no officer investigating the matter should be “under any cloud”. The bench, after perusing the documents placed before it in a sealed cover, said sensitive issues were involved in the matter.
“As a matter of fact, when there are allegations, whether right or wrong against you (Singh) it has to be looked into,” the bench said, adding “the things which have come before us are startling.”
“You are simply an officer. You can’t be given a blanket clean chit. Everybody is accountable. You must be accountable for any action. We need to ensure that you are accountable. We don’t want to damage you or comment against you. There are very serious allegations against you,” the bench told the officer.
Meanwhile, Singh has also filed a separate contempt plea against Kapur and has claimed that attempts have been made to scuttle or delay the ongoing probe in the Aircel Maxis case.
(With inputs from PTI)