New Delhi (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Attorney General to consult and make a statement on the possibility of constituting a special court for2G spectrum scam.


The CBI will file the first chargesheet in 2G spectrum scam against former Telecom Minister A Raja and others under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for cheating and forgery by March 31, the Supreme Court was told.

The apex court said it favours a CBI probe that also covers culpability of beneficiaries of the scam as they are part of larger conspiracy. The court added that the agency must have a free hand to question anyone.

"It appears that their freedom is curtailed as it is seeking short remand of the accused," the court said.

"We have large number of persons who think themselves to be the law. Law must catch them. Merely their being in the list of Forbes or millionaires does not make difference," the Supreme Court added.
Swamy welcomes suggestion

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy welcomed the Supreme Court's suggestion to government to set up a special court exclusively for the 2G Spectrum scam.

"This is necessary for fast-tracking the conviction of those who are involved in perpetrating the horrendous crime of depriving the nation of Rs 1.76 lakh crore," he said in a statement.
CBI asked to probe big corporates
Giving a free hand to the investigating agency, the SC asked the CBI to bring under its scanner corporate houses which were beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum scam without being influenced by their status be it millionaires or whether they are on the Forbes list.
      
A bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked the agency to lay its hand on the big corporate houses and the government officials who may have a role in the scam
"as mere summoning them for examining them  may not be sufficient".

"We have a large number of persons who think themselves to be law. Law must catch them. It should be done with greater expedition. Merely they are in the list of Forbes or they are
millionaires does not make any difference," the Bench said after perusing the status reports filed by the probe agencies in which names of big corporates houses and their officers
were mentioned.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, pointed out that the agencies have not questioned the heads of several companies including Swan technology, which was controlled by Anil Ambani's Reliance Group, when the spectrum was allocated.

At this, the Bench said "top authorities of the companies were not questioned. It is surprising that the Managing Directors were not summoned".

"Why CBI has not taken any action in this regard," the court asked.

"They are part of a larger conspiracy. We want to know about them. You (CBI) take instructions and tell us what action you are planning to take," the bench said.

"There is something which is surprising. CBI must have a free hand to question anyone. It is a very complicated matter. We feel that investigating agency must be given free hand to seek longer remand. Otherwise the whole purpose of investigation is frustrated," the Bench said.