Govt opposes Lalit appointment as prosecutor

New Delhi: The Union Government today objected in the Supreme Court to the CBI`s decision to appoint senior advocate U U Lalit as special public prosecutor for the trial of former Telecom Minister A Raja and other accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Attorney General G E Vahanvati told a bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly that under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the special prosecutor has to be working under the state or the Union government for at least seven years.

After this technical question was raised by the government, the bench asked the Attorney General to come out with the clear position by Friday.

While Vahanvati was making the submission, senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the CBI, said Lalit has been part of Maharashtra government`s panel for 15 years and on the Union government`s panel for five years.

Vahanvati said he was seeking a week to clarify the entire position as there was some apprehensions that Lalit`s appointment as the SPP could be challenged at any stage and it may derail the entire prosecution in the case.

During the hearing, the bench said that Lalit`s name was suggested for appointment as SPP as he is one of the most competent person for the job.

The CBI has registered cases against the accused persons under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act..