2G spectrum scam: A Raja, Kanimozhi and all accused acquitted
NEW DELHI: Essentially the most high-profile corruption in India in many years got here to a dramatic finish on Thursday. With one line, a particular court docket in New Delhi acquitted all of the people accused within the 2G spectrum rip-off case. The acquittals coated all 19 people accused – together with former Union Telecom Minister A Raja and Rajya Sabha MP Okay Kanimozhi – in three instances.
“I’ve completely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably didn’t show any cost towards any accused,” stated CBI Decide OP Saini within the operative line of the judgment. The particular court docket pronounced the decision within the three instances – two by the CBI and one by the Enforcement Directorate.
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The blanket acquittals are dramatic for the reason that Supreme Court docket had in February 2012 cancelled the 2G telecom licences issued underneath the method. The Comptroller and Auditor Common (CAG) had initially estimated that irregularities within the spectrum allocation course of had brought about presumptive lack of Rs 1.76 lakh crore. The CBI’s prosecution had then set the loss at Rs 30,000 crore.
The decision is an enormous reduction for not simply the DMK and its leaders Raja and Kanimozhi, but additionally for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) authorities of the time. The UPA’s second time period was slowed down by the allegations. Even the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, had come underneath the scanner.
The decision introduced out speedy calls for for apologies by a complete vary of officers and events, together with the then CAG Vinod Rai and opposition events who capitalised on the costs handy huge defeats to UPA allies in elections throughout the nation.
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Raja, a lawyer by career, has stated he would react to the decision solely after going by the two,000-page order of the court docket.
Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, nevertheless was visibly relieved. “I’d like to thank everybody who stood by me,” she stated to reporters exterior the Patiala Home court docket the place the decision was delivered.
The CBI, whose efforts had been sharply rebuked by Justice Saini, stated, “We’re ready for copy of the judgement. We are going to take authorized opinion on it after that.”
BJP chief Subramanian Swamy, who had impleaded himself within the case, stated the CBI ought to attraction towards the decision.
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Others acquitted within the case are former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile non-public secretary R Okay Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three high executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.
Administrators of Kusegaon Fruits and Greens Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are additionally acquitted within the case.
In addition to them, three telecom companies — Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL), Reliance Telecom Ltd and Unitech Wi-fi (Tamil Nadu) Ltd — are additionally accused and acquitted within the case.