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Govt free to probe charges against ED officer: SC

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NEW DELHI, June 27 - No officer should be under a �cloud� and blanket clean chit cannot be given to anybody, the Supreme Court observed today, as it told the government that it was free to look into the �serious� allegations against ED officer Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the �highly sensitive� 2G spectrum case and the Aircel-Maxis deal.

A vacation bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which was of the view that the sensitive matter involved national security, said the allegations against Singh were required to be looked into and the government should take a call whether he would have any role to play in the further probe.

Modifying its interim order granting Singh protection against an inquiry, the court referred to the Centre�s affidavit which stated that it did not intend to protect anybody, including the high or the mighty, and observed that it was nobody�s case that government was �seeking to thwart the investigation�.

The bench said it was �troubled� with the Centre�s response as documents placed before it in a sealed cover contained �startling� facts. �We direct that the government is free to look into the materials against respondent number 3 (Rajeshwar Singh) and the same can be looked into,� the bench ordered.

�... It will be the call of the government whether Singh will have any role to play in the matter,� it said, referring that a chargesheet has been filed in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Centre, said the government was willing to probe the charges. � PTI

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Govt free to probe charges against ED officer: SC

NEW DELHI, June 27 - No officer should be under a �cloud� and blanket clean chit cannot be given to anybody, the Supreme Court observed today, as it told the government that it was free to look into the �serious� allegations against ED officer Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the �highly sensitive� 2G spectrum case and the Aircel-Maxis deal.

A vacation bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, which was of the view that the sensitive matter involved national security, said the allegations against Singh were required to be looked into and the government should take a call whether he would have any role to play in the further probe.

Modifying its interim order granting Singh protection against an inquiry, the court referred to the Centre�s affidavit which stated that it did not intend to protect anybody, including the high or the mighty, and observed that it was nobody�s case that government was �seeking to thwart the investigation�.

The bench said it was �troubled� with the Centre�s response as documents placed before it in a sealed cover contained �startling� facts. �We direct that the government is free to look into the materials against respondent number 3 (Rajeshwar Singh) and the same can be looked into,� the bench ordered.

�... It will be the call of the government whether Singh will have any role to play in the matter,� it said, referring that a chargesheet has been filed in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, appearing for the Centre, said the government was willing to probe the charges. � PTI