Supreme Court dismisses journalist's plea against ED’s Rajeshwar Singh
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea of journalist Upendra Rai seeking to restrain Enforcement Directorate officer Rajeshwar Singh from conducting probe against him in a graft case.
- Published 28.08.18
New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea of journalist Upendra Rai seeking to restrain Enforcement Directorate officer Rajeshwar Singh from conducting probe against him in a graft case.
A bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said the cases lodged against Rai have nothing to do with the 2G case pending before it and his plea is not maintainable in the present set of proceedings.
”We are dismissing it as not maintainable. It is not the subject matter of the present proceedings,” the bench said.
Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, appearing for Rai, said that since he had made certain allegations against Singh, the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation have lodged cases against him.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Singh, said identical allegations are being made time and again and court has often protected the official from such averments.
Rohatgi said cases against Rai are related to corruption and CBI has allegedly found Rs 100 crore in bank accounts which is money made out of extortion.
“These all are separate cases lodged against you (Rai). It has nothing to do with the 2G case. We are concerned with the 2G only. It will be better if you file a separate petition to challenge the proceedings against you,” the bench told Rai.
The 2G spectrum allocation scam is a combination of three cases — one file by the ED and two filed by the CBI. A. Raja, then telecom minister , along with 14 others were the accused in the case.
Earlier, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had opposed Rai's plea to restrain Rajeshwar Singh from probing him.
Swamy had said that the Aircel-Maxis case was brought before the court through his petition and Rai in his plea had made some “scurrilous remarks” against ED officer Singh, who is probing the case.
He had also alleged that it was an attempt to delay the completion of probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
Rai was arrested on June 8 by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar Jail here, moments after he secured bail in a CBI case related to alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions.
He was arrested by the CBI on May 3 for allegedly indulging in dubious financial transactions, getting an airport access pass made by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) by furnishing false information, alleged extortion and manipulation of an Income Tax Department case against a Mumbai-bound businessman.
The ED had registered a money laundering case against him based on the CBI first information report.
The CBI has alleged that going by the value of transactions of over Rs one lakh each during 2017, Rai's accounts received Rs 79 crore while Rs 78.51 crore was debited from it during the same period.