2G spectrum case verdict: Special CBI court acquits Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, Former Telecom Minister A Raja

The special 2G court has acquitted Former Telecom Minister A Raja and Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi & Rajya Sabha MP in the 2G spectrum case.

Published: 21st December 2017 07:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2017 02:03 PM   |  A+A-

Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, Former Telecom Minister A Raja (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were today acquitted by a special court in the 2G spectrum scam case. Fifteen other accused in the case and three companies were also acquitted. All acquitted in the case will have to furnish a bail bond of Rs. 5 lakhs each. This is done to ensure their presence in a higher appellate court if the verdict is challenged.

The Enforcement Directorate will appeal against the judgement of the special court that acquitted 19 people in the 2G spectrum allocation money laundering case, agency sources said.

Others acquitted in the case are 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.

Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are also acquitted in the case.

Besides them, three telecom firms -- Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL), Reliance Telecom Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd -- were also accused and acquitted in the case.

The CBI today said it would study the special court verdict on the 2G spectrum scam case and then decide the future course of action. "We are yet to receive the complete judgement. We will study it, take legal opinion and decide future course of action," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini pronounced the judgement in the 2G scam which had rocked the UPA government. "I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the accused", Saini said.

"We are very happy that justice has prevailed. It is a big day for the DMK family. It is an answer to all the blames & the problems we faced", Kanimozhi said reacting to the verdict.

Former Telecom Minister and DMK leader A Raja today hailed the verdict. "I will read the judgement and tell. You see everybody is happy," Raja told reporters after coming out of the court room.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has commented that the justice has worked as it is supposed to work in the country.

However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has termed the spectrum allocation as corrupt and dishonest policy, which has already been upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012. "I am sure that the investigative agencies will have a close look at it (the judgement and acquittal of accused) and decide what has to be done, he said further.

In its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, the 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.

All the accused facing trial in these cases had denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.

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.

A number of supporters of DMK leaders Raja and Kanimozhi, who were anxiously waiting outside the jam-packed court room, broke into loud cheers as soon as the verdict was pronounced. DMK supporters were seen bursting fire crackers outside the court complex and showered Raja and Kanimozhi with flowers as soon as they stepped out of court.

(With inputs from ANI)

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