Friday, May 6, 2011

SC slaps contempt notice on Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a contempt notice to Sahara Group CEO Subrata Roy and two others for trying to threaten and intimidate an Enforcement Directorate officer who sent a notice to Roy in connection with the 2G scam.
According to the ED, Roy's Sahara Group transferred Rs 150 crore to Swan Telecom allegedly in connection with the 2G scam, which relates to alleged irregularities in the allocation of spectrum to telecom companies.

The apex court had on March 16 warned against any interference from any quarter in the work of CBI and ED officers. The court said the way Sahara Media asked the ED officer, Rajeshwar Singh, personal questions and threatened to do a series of stories after he issued the notice to Roy under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, it prima facie amounted to contempt of court.

The ED on Friday moved the Supreme Court accusing Roy of intimidating its officers investigating the 2G scam and had filed a criminal contempt petition.

ED said Roy did not turn up before it for questioning despite its repeated notices. It also said Roy's newspaper published an item about Rajeshwar Singh pointing fingers at him.

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