Delhi High Court issues notices to A Raja, Kanimozhi on Enforcement Directorate, CBI appeals in 2G scam case
The Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, issued notice to former Telecom Minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum money laundering case.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, issued notice to former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum money laundering case.
Justice SP Garg issued notice to Raja, Kanimozhi and others in the case asking them to file a reply on the Central Bureau of Investigation plea within two weeks and listed the matter to 25 May for further hearing.
The court was hearing the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea challenging a special court order acquitting Raja, Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum money laundering case.
The CBI moved its application on Tuesday, while the ED which is probing financial irregularities in the case and assisting the central probe agency, filed an appeal against the special court's 21 December, 2017, judgment in the case on Monday.
While announcing the judgment, special judge OP Saini said the CBI and the ED had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove the charges against 33 persons named in the case.
The matter is believed to have contributed to the Congress-led UPA's electoral loss in 2014.
Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the special court had also acquitted 17 others, including DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, and P. Amirtham and Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV.
Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R.K. Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG)—Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair—were also acquitted by the special court.
The ED in its chargesheet had alleged that Rs 2 billion was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to the DMK-run Kalaignar TV.
The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 309.84 billion to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum. The allocation was scrapped by the Supreme Court on 2 February, 2012.
The special court, which was set up on 14 March, 2011 to exclusively hear 2G cases, had also acquitted Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a separate case arising out of the 2G scam probe.
The first case, prosecuted by the CBI, had 17 accused, while the second, pursued by the ED had 19 undertrials. The third case had eight accused, including the Essar promoters.
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