New Delhi: The Central Bureau of  Investigation on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that 63 persons, including promoters and CEOs of 10 telecom firms have come under its scanner in the 2G spectrum case.

CBI advocate K K Venugopal apprised the bench of  Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly about the progress by the CBI and placed the probe status report in a sealed cover.  "63 persons including promoters and CEOs of 10 companies have come under the scanner of the CBI in its probe into the 2G Spectrum scam," Venugopal said. The court expressed satisfaction over the ongoing probe.

The Central Government, which is also a party to the case, informed the bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly that it was in favour of setting up a special court to try the accused in the 2G case. The Law Minister has written a letter to the Delhi High Court Chief Justice asking him to constitute a court and identify a judge for this purpose.

"The matter is under consideration," Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaisingh told the bench, which wanted to know about the progress of investigation into the case.

The bench asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to submit their investigation reports by March 10 and posted the matter for further hearing on March 15.

Senior advocates Harish Salve, appearing for Tata group of companies, meanwhile, pleaded for in-camera proceedings.

Singhvi recuses from JPC

Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi has recused himself from the JPC into the 2G spectrum scam taking the plea that he had appeared for cellular operators in the court as a senior advocate.

"I had appeared as a senior advocate in the court for cellular operators and had attacked the telecom policies from 2002 to 2004 when Pramod Mahajan, Arun Shourie and Ram Vilas Paswan were Telecom ministers (in the NDA government). Hence I requested the Rajya Sabha Chairman for recusal and the request has been accepted," Singhvi said.

His name figures among the list of 10 members from Rajya Sabha, who were to be included in the 30-member JPC.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee meanwhile has moved a motion for the appointment of a JPC in the Upper House on Tuesday.

(Agencies)