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SC issues notice to Sahara chief on contempt plea.

SAHARA group chief Subrata Roy is in fresh trouble with the Supreme Court asking why contempt proceedings cannot be started against him for allegedly interfering in the 2G scam probe.

Issuing notice to him on a contempt petition by an Enforcement Directorate's ( ED) investigating officer Rajeshwar Singh in the scam, the SC held that the plea was maintainable.

Roy is already facing the heat for not refunding investors' money as directed by the SC in a separate case and has been barred from leaving the country.

An SC bench also issued notices to two journalists working with the Sahara Group who had allegedly threatened and blackmailed the officer.

The court said the allegation of officer Rajeshwar Singh is of a " very serious nature" and rejected the contention of Roy and his employees that the contempt plea is not maintainable as it was filed without the consent of the Attorney General. It said the SC's jurisdiction under the Constitution is independent of the Contempt of Courts Act and its powers cannot be denuded, restricted or limited by the Act.

" We are, therefore, of the view that the petition filed under the above mentioned provisions is perfectly maintainable and this court has got a constitutional obligation to examine the truth of the allegations as to whether the respondents are attempting to derail the investigation which is being monitored by this court," it said in its judgement on maintainability.

" Any interference, by anybody, to scuttle a court monitored prove would amount to interfering with the administration of justice," it added.

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Date:Dec 10, 2013
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