2G scam: ED in HC against acquittal of Raja, Kanimozhi

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 19, 2018

The Enforcement of Directorate on Monday filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against a Special Court's order which acquitted former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK legislator K Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum case.

Special judge O P Saini, while pulling up the CBI for "remaining silent" and "filing a well-choreographed chargesheet" and noting that the prosecutor had made it out to be a "case of high political corruption", said: "I have endeavoured hard to persuade myself to take an expansive and liberal view of the prosecution case. There is no material on record to show that A Raja was mother lode of conspiracy in the instant case".

The ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters paid Rs 200 crore to the DMK-run channel 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 which were scrapped by the top court on February 2, 2012.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the special court had 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, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar, Director of Kalaignar TV.

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A Special Court was set up in March 14, 2011 for hearing 2G cases.

The first case, prosecuted by CBI, had 17 accused, while the second matter, pursued by ED, had 19 undertrials.

The PTI had earlier reported that the Central Bureau of Investigation had moved the court against A Raja and Kanimozhi in the 2G case.

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