Court dismisses Swamy's plea against Chidambaram

The special CBI court in Delhi has dismissed Janta Party President Subramanian Swamy’s petition to make Union Home Minister P Chidambaram a co-accused in the 2G case.  In his order Special Judge OP Saini said that the “prayer of Swamy to make Chidambaram an accused is dismissed”. The decision is being seen as a huge relief to the Union Home Minister. The CBI judge initially postponed the delivery of judgement till afternoon. After more than an hour of suspense, the judge finally pronounced the verdict at around 1.50 pm. Swamy had moved the court seeking to make Chidambaram as co-accused in the 2G spectrum scam alleging he was as culpable as former telecom minister A Raja in determining the prices of scarce spectrum and in allowing the dilution of shares.The special judge, on 21st January, had reserved the order for Saturday on the plea of Swamy.
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to direct CBI to investigate the alleged role of Chidambaram leaving it to the special court trying the 2G case. A bench of justices G S Singhavi and A K Ganguly, had asked the lower court not to get influenced by its decision. Meanwhile, petitioner Swamy has said that he will go in for appeal in the matter. Welcoming the special court's dismissal of petition against P Chidambaram in 2G case, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday described it as a relief for the government. "It is a good judgement. It is a relief for the government. Someone was being unnecessarily prosecuted. I welcome the judgement," Mukherjee told reporters during a visit to the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).