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20 Jun 2018

#AircelMaxisCase: SC judge recuses from hearing Subramanian Swamy's plea

Aircel-Maxis-case: SC judge recuses from hearing Swamy's plea

A Supreme Court judge recused herself from hearing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking to implead himself as a party in a case related to probe into alleged disproportionate assets of ED officer Rajeshwar Singh, who is investigating the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

Swamy said Rajneesh Kapur's petition seeking an investigation into Singh's assets was an attempt to delay the ongoing probe in Aircel-Maxis case.

In context

Aircel-Maxis-case: SC judge recuses from hearing Swamy's plea

Details

Supreme Court posted hearing of ED officer on July 3

On June 5, SC sought the assistance of ASG Maninder Singh in the ED officer's case and tagged the writ petition with the pending matter related to 2G spectrum scam.

The SC listed the matter for hearing on July 3.

Kapur in his petition had said that certain orders have been passed by SC protecting Singh, against any action by any of the authorities.

Direction

Mention matter on June-25 before another bench: Court to Swamy

A vacation bench of justices S Abdul Nazeer and Indu Malhotra asked Swamy to mention the matter on June 25 before another bench as Justice Malhotra recused herself from hearing in the matter without assigning any reason.

During a brief hearing, Swamy said that the apex court had earlier this year directed for completion of investigation in the Aircel-Maxis deal case within six months.

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Investigation

ED officer's disproportionate assets need to be investigated: Petitioner's counsel

Counsel for Kapur had argued that Singh had acquired disproportionate assets details of which are given in the petition, which needs to be investigated.

To this, the apex court said, "The prayer that this court may itself look into the material against respondent No.3 (Rajeshwar Singh) will be considered on next date of hearing for which the entire material be placed before the court."

What is Aircel-Maxis deal case?

On March 12, SC set a deadline of 6 months for CBI and ED to complete the investigation into the alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board approval given in Aircel-Maxis deal case in which former Finance Minister Chidambaram and his son Karti were questioned.

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