New Delhi: There seems to be more trouble for Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the coming days, with Janata Party President Subramanian Sway on Thursday has filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against the former Home Minister.

Swamy on Thursday mentioned his petition before a division bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi, who asked Swamy to first, number your petition and then we will hear your plea.

Filing the contempt plea in the Supreme Court, Swamy, said, “The company owned by P Chidambaram’s son has filed a defamation case against him in Singapore. It was only done as he (Swamy) had exposed Chidambaram’s role in the 2G Spectrum scam case.”

Swamy’s petition yet has not been numbered, because the neither the Solicitor General (SG) nor the Attorney General (AG) has not given the permission as per law. Without the SG’s or AG’s permission, the SC registry will not number Swamy’s petition. He might also mention his petition before the Chief Justice of India (CJI) SH Kapadia at 2pm on Thursday.

The Janata Party President on February 24 this year had moved the SC challenging the trial court order that gave a clean chit to Chaidmabaram in the 2G scam. In the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed before the apex court, Swamy contended that Chidambaram was as responsible as former telecom minister A. Raja in deciding the spectrum pricing and allowing telecom companies to offload shares to foreign firms.

He had said the evidence brought before the trial court was sufficient to show that Chidambaram, the then finance minister, had committed offences under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act and other criminal laws. Swamy challenged the judgment of the trial court that said prima facie there was no criminality on Chidambaram's part.

The SC on February 2 had left on the special court to decide the plea to try Chidambaram in the case. The trial court had rejected the private criminal complaint filed by Swamy, saying it was without merits and that Chidambaram did not indulge in any criminal conspiracy or derive any pecuniary advantage in the decisions taken with Raja.

Swamy has approached the SC fearing the lower court judgment could have an adverse effect on the ongoing 2G trial.

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