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CBI to probe if 2G scam compromised national security
TT Correspondent |  |  09 Mar 2011
The CBI has begun probing if the 2G spectrum scam compromised the country's internal security and would apprise the Supreme Court of its findings on March 15, the agency told a Delhi court .

"The issue of national security has also been raised by (Janata Party chief Subramanian) Swamy before the Supreme Court. CBI is presently examining the said matter and will file a progress report before the Supreme Court on March 15," the CBI told Special Judge Pradeep Chaddah, in its report.

CBI made a plea asking the special court to discontinue proceedings before it. The court, however, listed the matter for further hearing on March 17.

The agency contended that it has already registered the case on the 2G spectrum allocation scam and was investigating it while an FIR in connection with the case was before another court of Special Judge O P Saini.

"CBI has filed a report regarding Swamy's apprehensions of threat to national security. It has been submitted in the report that matter is now pending before the Supreme Court," the court said.

CBI said it has begun probing the threat to country's internal security as per the concerns raised by Swamy, who had come to the court seeking a probe into the scam.

He had also sought the court's direction to appoint him as a public prosecutor to help the agency in probing the case and trying the accused.

Swamy, however, could not appear before it today as he was attending the 2G spectrum matter in the Supreme Court. His counsel Tarun Goomber asked the lower court to exempt him from personal appearance today, which the court allowed.

CBI had earlier told the court that it was not aware of the threat to national security posed by allocation of 2G spectrum to some telecom firms which subsequently off-loaded their shares to global firms with links to Pakistan.
    
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