New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday clearly indicated that senior counsel Uday Lalit can be appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case. This has come at a time when the Central Government is vehemently opposing Lalit’s appointment.

The Apex Court on Friday also directed that the special court will hear the case on day-to-day basis without any adjournment to speed up the trial process. The court, however, has not given any formal order and has reserved its decision till April 11.

The Apex Court bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly said, "We intend to direct the Union of India to appoint UU Lalit as Special Public Prosecutor with liberty to select his team of lawyers."

Pleading on behalf of the Central government, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaisingh said, "We will consider our position once the order is passed and before we take any further action."

When the court said that its order would be in the nature of direction, Jaisingh said it is the prerogative of the court to issue direction.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Harin Rawal referred to the earlier judgment of the Apex Court to buttress the point that the appointment of the Special Public Prosecutor under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Prevention of Money Laundering Act was in the domain of the Central government.

Meanwhile, the court said that notwithstanding the adjournment of the hearing till April 11, the special court trying 2G scam case would hold hearing on day-to-day basis without any adjournment on any score.

The Apex Court barred all other courts from entertaining any plea arising out of the proceedings of the trial court in 2G scam.

The court said that all such pleas or applications would come before it. Rawal said this would mean "no court will pass an order that will impinge upon the proceedings of the (2G scam) case".

Senior advocate KK Venugopal, however, insisted on the name of Lalit saying "he is a person of integrity, wholly independent and well versed in criminal law".

Venugopal also stated that the next chargesheet in the bribery case will be filed on April 24.


(JPN/Bureau)