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Feb 19, 2013 at 04:38pm IST

File FIR in 2G case based on CNN-IBN report on audio tapes: SC

New Delhi: An FIR should be filed in the 2G case based on the CNN-IBN expose which showed the alleged nexus between a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) prosecutor and a key accused in the case. The Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) filed an application in the Supreme Court in the 2G case pleading that an FIR should be registered on the basis of conversation on the audio tapes aired by CNN-IBN.

The application also says that tapes should sent for forensic examination to multiple laboratories and a new CBI prosecutor should be appointed to handle the case. In the audio tapes former CBI chief prosecutor AK Singh is allegedly talking Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra about the 2G case

The CBI has already registered a Preliminary Enquiry report, which names AK Singh and Sanjay Chandra. The CBI says the agency possess audio recordings with the suspected voices of Singh and Chandra. According to the CBI the prosecutor shared the legal strategy with the accused, Sanjay Chandra. Now, the CBI says that lead 2G prosecutor AK Singh has been removed from the case.

CNN-IBN accessed the audio recordings which led to the Preliminary Enquiry naming Chandra and the 2G prosecutor. The CBI Director says he has informed the Chief Justice of India (Supreme Court), the Central Vigilance Commissioner and the Law Ministry on the revelations.

In terms of scale and profile the 2G case is as big as it can get. It is monitored by the Supreme Court and the then telecom minister A Raja spent 15 months in jail while DMK MP Kanimozhi was denied bail for seven months. Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behuria and top corporate leaders, including Sanjay Chandra of Unitech, were even denied bail for months.

In the 2G case the main accused A Raja, Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra and 12 others including Kanimozhi have been examined by the prosecution. Cross-examination of the accused and witnesses is now on. A verdict is expected by the end of the year.