New Delhi, Sept. 3: No Indian court except the Supreme Court will entertain any application or relief sought by the accused in the 2G case, the apex court iterated today.
A bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and K.S. Radhakrishnan said persons with political influence and “high-heeled persons” cannot be allowed to exploit loopholes in the law to delay the trial.
Some of the accused had moved Delhi High Court seeking bail or exemption from personal appearance, fuelling fears that the trial in the special CBI court might be delayed. The Supreme Court is monitoring the investigations being conducted by the CBI.
Appearing for some of the accused, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani had contended that the apex court’s earlier order denying an opportunity to approach the high court against a trial court violated rights guaranteed to every accused.
Justice Radhakrishnan, writing the judgment, said: “More and more demands are now coming before the courts for its monitoring of investigation relating to crimes committed by influential persons… with the apprehension that they could derail the investigation.
“Large backlog of cases in the courts is often an incentive to the litigants to misuse the court’s system by indulging in unnecessary and fraudulent litigation, thereby delaying the entire trial process…. Longer the trial, witnesses will be unavailable, memories will fade and evidence will be stale.”
The bench said if the accused had any genuine grievance, they can always move the apex court.
“Public interest demands timely resolution of cases relating to the 2G scam. Prolonged litigation undermines the public confidence and weakens the democracy and rule of law,” the court said.
“Early disposal of the trial is also to their (the accused) advantage, so that their innocence could be proved, rather than remain enmeshed in criminal trial for years and unable to get on with their lives and business,” the court added.