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Court prod in NDA 2G case

New Delhi, Nov. 29: The Supreme Court today directed the CBI to take action against government officials and companies allegedly responsible for causing a loss of over Rs 500 crore to the exchequer because of excess allocation of spectrum during the NDA regime when the late Pramod Mahajan was telecom minister.

Justices G.S. Singhvi and K.S. Radhakrishnan passed the order after perusing a report of the attorney-general. “The CBI shall take action as per the view expressed by the CBI director,” the bench said.

When senior counsel K.K. Venugopal said current director A.P. Singh’s tenure would end this week, the bench said: “He (Singh) had taken a view. He is the final authority.”

At the last hearing, the court had asked the Centre to consult the attorney-general and report back to it on the sharp differences between the CBI and its prosecution wing on the issue of filing a chargesheet against certain bigwigs in the controversial 2G scam.

Following the directive, the attorney-general had submitted his report in a sealed cover.