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A question of trust

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Subramaniam Swamy wants to take charge of the investigations against A. Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ET reports:

A Delhi court on Wednesday reserved till January 7 its order on whether a private complaint filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy seeking prosecution of former Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum scam is maintainable.

Special CBI Judge Pradeep Chaddah reserved his order on Swamy’s complaint after hearing arguements by him for half-an-hour.

“I am fixing the matter for pronouncement of the order on the maintainability of your private complaint on January 7, 2011,” said Additional Sessions Judge Chaddha after hearing the argument.

Pressing the court to act on his complaint, Swamy argued that the judge should take cognisance of the massive scam to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in the allocation of 2G spectrum to various ineligible operators.

“I have got a three-fold prayer,” said Swamy, noting that “the first one is that the court should take cognisance of my complaint against the former telecom minister and issue summons to him.

“The second prayer is that I be appointed as a deemed public prosecutor under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the investigating agencies such as Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate be directed by the court to assist me in conducting prosecution and in the further investigation into the scam,” Swamy submitted.

Mr. Swamy implies that he, and the public, have lost faith in the political system which would normally oversee such an investigation. The question is in this rotten state who can be expected to hold the public’s trust. Mr. Swamy proposed himself. Until now we haven’t heard Radia calking to Swamy, but does that mean that he has the public’s trust in investigating this case?


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