A special court in Delhi today acquitted former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi along with 15 other accused in the 2G spectrum scam case. Three companies were also acquitted.
Those acquitted in the case include former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and others.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini pronounced the judgement, The CBI had alleged, in its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others that there was a loss of 30,984 crore rupees to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum.
The licences were scrapped by the Supreme Court on 2nd February 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.
Special Judge O P Saini also acquitted A Raja and Kanimozhi and 17 other in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case relating to the 2G scam.
In its charge sheet, the ED had also named DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal as an accused in the case in which it had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.
In its final report, the ED had named 10 individuals and nine companies as accused and listed them in the charge sheet for the offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
CBI will file an appeal against the acquittal of accused persons in the 2G scam case.
The agency said, the judgement of Special Court has been prima facie examined and it appears that the evidence adduced to substantiate the charges by the prosecution has not been appreciated in its proper perspective.
In a statement, the CBI said, it will be taking necessary legal remedies in the matter.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also decided to appeal against the judgement of the special court that acquitted 19 people in the money laundering case.
ED officials said, the agency will study the order and knock on the doors of the High Court armed with their evidence and investigation.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said the Congress is treating the court verdict on 2G spectrum allocations as a badge of honour and a certification that the policy was honest Policy. But it was a corrupt and dishonest policy, which was already been upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012 by cancelling the allocations.
Reacting to the verdict, Mr. Jaitley said the auction policy adopted by the UPA causing losses is clear from the fact that the subsequent auctions got a much higher price. He said he is sure that the investigative agencies will have a close look at the judgment and decide what needs to be done the next.
The Minister said the spectrum was allocated by Congress in 2008 at the prices decided in 2001 and the policy was implemented in an arbitrary manner causing heavy losses to the exchequer.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has said his party respected the court judgment on 2G spectrum allocations.
Replying to media queries outside Parliament today, Dr Singh said the judgment speaks for itself. He said the massive propaganda against the UPA government was without any foundation
In Chennai, the DMK cadres celebrated the verdict, by bursting crackers and distributing sweets in Chennai.
The party working president MK Stalin dubbed the verdict as historic. In a press meet in Chennai, he said the case was foisted on the DMK leaders with the aim of destroying the party.