The Supreme Court on Monday (March 12) dealing with the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur directed National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to complete investigation of the cases registered by it first and also told Special Investigation Team (SIT) to monitor the investigations by NHRC and submit the report on it under the Section 143 of CrPC. "We direct all the concerned agencies, CBI, ED etc.in the circumstances, as assured by K K Venugopal, AC (Amicus Curiae) and Attorney General for India, that investigations shall be completed within six months in all the cases..." This includes the probe into the role of Mr. Chidambaram's son, Karti, who is now in custody in connection with the INX Media FIPB approval case.
The top court said it is "very unfortunate" that investigation in the 2G cases has not been completed yet and "people of this country can not be kept in dark in a serious and sensitive case like this". "We are anxious about this case, we are very unhappy", the bench said.
"Why is there so much delay in completing the investigation in the 2G spectrum and ancilliary cases". "Various orders had been passed by this court number of times".More news: Bride arrested for DUI on way to her wedding
"Issue is serious for this country".
Insisting that the people can not be kept in dark with regards to investigations into sensitive matters such as the 2G spectrum case, it allowed the Centre to file a status report on all investigations in the case in two weeks.
The case pertains to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval granted in 2006 by then-finance minister P Chidambaram. The court dismissed the Centre for Public Interest Litigation's plea challenging the government's decision to appoint Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in Grover's place.More news: 5 things to know about Mizzou's first-round opponent in NCAA Tournament
The two agencies have been investigating Aircel/Maxis telecom owner and Malaysian accused T. Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall.
Similarly, a special CBI court also dropped all charges brought by both CBI and the ED against Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.
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