New Delhi : A mega scam, an investigator, a secret Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) note, tug of war between bureaucrats and dithering views of government agencies that's not the gist of a fictional story but what is currently happening in the finance ministry.
It all started when the Supreme Court directed the Centre and allowed it to examine the allegations of disproportionate assets made against Enforcement Directorate's Joint Director Rajeshwar Singh, who is investigating the 2G spectrum scam and the Aircel-Maxis case involving former finance minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram. The Supreme Court's earlier order had given protection to Singh from any inquiry till the investigation into Aircel Maxis case was completed. On Wednesday, the vacation bench, comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul hearing the PIL filed by Rajneesh Kapur, not only allowed the government to investigate the allegations, but also left it to the government to take a decision on Singh's role in the Aircel Maxis investigation from hereon.
The Supreme Court order came after the Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, representing the central government, told the court that the government was probing the matter and submitted some sensitive information to the bench in a sealed envelope. The bench observed that it was a highly sensitive issue and there were some serious allegations.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) responded with a press statement disclosing the details and countering its own government's assertion about the investigation and the secret note. Without naming RAW, the ED said that Singh had received a call in 2016 from a person based out of Dubai. The person had important information related to a case and Singh had reported it to the ED but subsequently the matter was closed.