The Supreme Court of India has expressed its displeasure at the removal of K.K. Venugopal as the counsel for Enforement Directorate by the Centre in the multi-crore 2G Spectrum scam whose proceedings are taking place at a special CBI Court in New Delhi.
ED had charge-sheeted prominent politicians and officials for the multi-crore scam which took place during the erstwhile Congress-led UPA regime at the Centre. Former Union Telecom Minister A. Raja is among the accused in the case. ED has also filed cases of illegal transaction of money against DMK’s high-flying Rajya Sabha M.P. Kanimozhi for her involvement in the case.
Senior counsel K.K. Venugopal had been representing CBI in these cases. However, the Union Ministry of Finance made an announcement late last month relieving Venugopal from functioning as ED’s counsel in the cse. The reason given was that Venugopal had ‘added on his own’ certain issues during the course of his argument without taking prior approval from the ED.
When the Supreme Court was informed about the change during the trial in the case yesterday, the apex Court expressed its displeasure at the Centre’s move. On its own, it appointed Venugopal as the counsel who would assist the Supreme Court in the case.