Cites RTI Act, says, sharing of the probe report would impede the process of investigation
New Delhi : The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has denied to share a copy of direct enquiry report on alleged irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom companies saying the case “has not reached its logical conclusion”.
Replying to a query under the transparency law, the CVC said, “… the case has not reached its logical conclusion. Hence, the information is denied under Section 8 (1) (h) of the RTI Act.”
The section bars disclosure of information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
The CVC was asked to provide details of the direct enquiry report conducted by it on 2G scam. The case related to alleged irregularities in the allocation of spectrum in 2008 is being probed by the CBI on the basis of direct enquiry conducted by the CVC.
The direct enquiry– conducted by the Commission either on the basis of a complaint or on suo motu basis – was carried out in 2009.
The Supreme Court has cancelled 122 2G licences given to telecom companies holding that these were issued in a “totally arbitrary and unconstitutional manner” and asked the government to initiate process to allot fresh licences based on auction of spectrum.
CBI had booked former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, some former bureaucrats, corporates and their top executives in FIRs and charge sheets filed by it in the 2G case.
Recently on the basis of Raja’s plea, a local court had directed the CBI to produce before it the CVC’s inquiry report. Raja had last month sought a copy of the report. Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had in one of its reports pegged a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in 2G spectrum allocation. The amount has been rejected by the government.
The CBI has estimated a loss of Rs 30,000 crore so far in the case.