2G spectrum case adjourned, verdict to be announced on December 5

In April 2014, the ED filed a chargesheet against 19 people, including Raja and Kanimozhi in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam.

Published: 07th November 2017 11:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2017 11:22 AM   |  A+A-

Former Telecom minister A Raja and DB group promoter Shahid Usman Balwa at Patiala house court for the 2G spectrum case hearing in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Express Photo | Shekhar Yadav)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A special CBI court in Delhi that was expected to announce the date for final verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case on Tuesday has deferred the hearing for December 5, 2017.  
Special CBI Judge O P Saini on Tuesday deferred the 2G case verdict to December 5, saying, “The judgment is not ready as documents filed in the case are voluminous and technical in nature and are still under perusal.” He added that he would take two to three weeks more.

Of all the accused in the case only former telecom minister A Raja, R K Chandolia and Swan telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa were present in court. Another accused, film producer Karim Morani’s counsel told the court that he could not come as he didn’t get train tickets to Delhi. Morani is lodged in a Hyderabad jail; he is also an accused in a rape case. The court had issued production warrant against him in the previous hearing. The court issued a fresh production warrant against Morani and Unitech managing director Sanjay Chandra.

Two cases have been filed by the CBI, and another one by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

In its chargesheet against Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and others in 2011, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore in the allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum.

In April 2014, the ED filed a chargesheet against 19 people, including Raja and Kanimozhi in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam. Final arguments in the case had concluded in April 2016.

The CBI chargesheet said that kickbacks worth Rs 200 crore were received in return of allocations of 2G spectrum to Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd. The ED has filed a separate money laundering case in this regard.
On October 26, the court had deferred the 2G hearing for  November 7.



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