Katoch’s rethink saved ED from embarrassment

Rajan-S-Katoch IAS 1979
Rajan-S-Katoch IAS 1979
A man who thinks before jumping is always considered a wise man. This rule could be aptly applied to former Enforcement Director Rajan Katoch who held back the Directorate from attaching some of the properties of the accused in the 2002 additional spectrum case, even as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) went ahead with building a case against the alleged accused at the behest of the leading lights of the UPA 2 government. As it turned out, the case was dismissed last week by the special court. Besides absolving former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh of any wrong doing, the court dismissed the chargesheet against Bharti Cellular, Hutchison Max Telecom (now known as Vodafone India) and Sterling Cellular (now known as Vodafone Mobile Services), whose properties the Directorate has identified for attachment. If Katoch had not applied his mind despite the immense pressure on him, the Directorate would have been as badly embarrassed today as the CBI.

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