Suspension of Law Ministry''s Legal Officer could be revoked

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The suspension of a Legal Adviserin the Union Law Ministry in connection with a controversialaffidavit filed by the Department of Telecommunication in theSupreme Court could be revoked soon.

The government is considering revocation of SantokhSingh''s suspension as it wants to be lenient with him in viewof his retirement on January 31, sources said.

A final decision is expected this week. Officials in LawMinistry are of the view that he should be allowed to retirehonourably. If he retires under suspension, he would getprovisional pension, they said.

In the affidavit, DoT had denied the allegations that itignored advise of the Prime Minister, the Finance Secretaryand the Ministry of Law and Justice over allotment of spectrumand said all licences were given "as per law and in keepingwith the extant policy and procedures".

Singh, who is a Joint Secretary-level officer, wassuspended after a probe was ordered against him to investigatehis role in advising the DoT on 2G spectrum allocation.

Sources said the probe against him could continue asafter retirement he will not be in a position to interfere inthe investigations.

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