NEW DELHI: A special CBI Court in Delhi acquitted all 17 accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, involved in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam in one of the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) .
The trial court, exclusively dealing with the cases arising out of the scam, was hearing three separate cases, two filed by the CBI and one by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The trial in 2G spectrum scam started six years ago in 2011 after the court had framed charges against 17 accused in the CBI’s case for the offences which entails punishment ranging from six months in life imprisonment.
Here are the live updates on the 2G spectrum case judgements:
I would love to thank everyone who stood by me: Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP
Victory begins now. With political motives this case was put in us. Conspiracies were hatched against us but all have been blown away now: Durai Murugan, Senior DMK Leader
The court said that there was no evidence available against any of the accused.
P Chidambaram, who was finance minister in UPA government when the alleged scam broke out, said, “The charge of a big scam with the involvement of top people in the government was never true.”
The Court said that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of its charge. Thus all accused are acquitted: Vijay Aggarwal, Lawyer of Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa, Vinod Goenka and others
Court acquitted all accused in one-line verdict in one of the most anticipated judgements in India.
Former Telecom Minister and DMK leader A Raja acquitted in 2G spectrum allocation scam case by Delhi Court. Other 16 accused including DMK leader Kanimozhi and three companies acquitted in the case.
Overcrowding outside Patiala House Court delays proceedings. over 500 DMK men present despite heavy security
Ex Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi arrive in Delhi court ahead of pronouncement of verdict in 2G scam cases.
In the first case filed by the CBI, Raja and Kanimozhi were facing trial along with former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, The court had in October 2011 framed charges against them under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, using as genuine fake documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servant and taking bribe.
In its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012.
In the case involving promoters of Essar Group, Loop Telecom and Saraf, three companies—Loop Telecom Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding Ltd (ETHL) — were also named by the CBI in its charge sheet. While the court had charged them with the offence under section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) read with section 420 (cheating) of IPC, substantial charge of cheating was made out against Saraf.
The CBI had named them in its charge sheet on December 12, 2011, alleging they had cheated the Department of Telecommunication by using Loop Telecom as a “front” to secure 2G licences in 2008.
Later, the ED had filed a charge sheet against Raja, Kanimozhi and others for alleged offence of money laundering.
The ED had listed 19 accused in its charge sheet in April 2014, including Raja, Kanimozhi, Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Rajiv Aggarwal, Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar in connection with the case. In its charge sheet, the ED had also named DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal as an accused in the case in which it had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by STPL promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.
In its final report, the ED had named 10 individuals and nine companies as accused.
In its final report, the ED had named 10 individuals and nine companies as accused and listed them in the charge sheet for the offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.