New Delhi: CBI has agreed to probe the death of former telecom minister A Raja’s close aide Sadiq Batcha’s mysterious death. The investigation agency on Friday informed Supreme Court about its decision and expressed willingness to take over the probe.

Senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the agency, told a bench of justices
G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly that senior advocate U U Lalit, who had earlier expressed his reluctance to being appointed as Special Public Prosecutor, has agreed to take up the job in "public interest".
 
The Bench took on record the statement made by Venugopal and said, "Lalit is a senior advocate of this court and will be assisted by a team of prosecutors. Let CBI take a decision in this regard. Nobody can say anything on the statement made by Venugopal (on Lalit)".

It also said, "Considering the width and magnitude of the case, it is required that there should be a team of prosecutor for Lalit".

The bench also asked Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising to take instructions from the Centre and inform it about the issuance of a notification for transferring the case to the CBI by April 4.
          
The Apex Court had earlier sought CBI's response to a plea for transferring to it the probe into Batcha's death in Chennai early last month. It had also sought the agency's reply on the plea by
NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) on whose petition the court had ordered CBI to probe the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Sadiq Batcha had faced CBI interrogation four times since December last year when the agency conducted searches at his official and residential addresses.

38-year-old Batcha who was the managing director of Greenhouse promoters was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his home in South Chennai on March 16. His wife had claimed that he committed suicide as he was "unable to cope with the pressure" of the 2G spectrum probe.
      
On the issue of appointment of Special Public Prosecutor, the CBI on Tuesday had said it was facing difficulty in finding a capable lawyer for the case as corporates and their officers likely to be named in the case have already hired the top lawyers to defend them.

(Agencies)