SC grants CBI two more days
to file charges in 2G scam case

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday granted a two-day extension to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file its charge-sheet against former Indian telecom minister A Raja and others in the 2G spectrum allocation case even as the agency said it was readying an 80,000-page document for submission.


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Published: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 11:57 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:21 PM

In their status reports on the probe into the scam, given to the court in a sealed cover, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) informed a bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly that the case involved large-scale violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act and benami transactions. After going through the report, the bench allowed the CBI plea that the agency be granted two more days to formally file charges in the case.

The court had earlier given the CBI the deadline of March 31 for the purpose.

The ED, in its report, said in violation of RBI guidelines, foreign money was invested in many telecom companies, after they were granted licences during Raja’s tenure as telecom minister.

Giving fresh details about its probe, the ED informed the court that Rs106.95 crore was received by a telecom company in lieu of just one share while the market value of the share was just Rs270.

The apex court was also informed by the ED that it would start attaching and confiscating the properties of erring telecom companies for violating FEMA soon after filing of the charge sheet. The ED, in its report, also informed the court about various investments made in telecom companies. The investments originated from several countries, it said.

It said most of these transactions took place after licences were given to the telecom firms during Raja’s tenure.

It told the court that a joint team of the CBI and the ED would be sent to foreign countries, starting from Mauritius, to track the trail of the FDI in erring telecom companies involved in 2G scam.

The ED also placed before the court the transcripts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s telephonic conversations with various people, tapped by the Income Tax department.

The CBI and the ED had earlier informed the court that charge-sheet would be filed against the former minister on various charges including those of corruption, money-laundering, cheating and forgery. The Delhi Government had on Monday issued a notification designating Additional Sessions Judge Om Prakash Saini as a special judge to exclusively undertake the trial of 2G scam. In a separate notification, the Finance Ministry designated his court as special court to deal with offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

Saini had earlier dealt with the case as special CBI judge and all the matters connected to the scam including a private complaint filed by Janata Party chief Subramaniam Swamy is pending before him.

Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament has issued summons to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Tata Group chairperson Ratan Tata for April 4 to discuss their alleged role in the 2-G spectrum allocation case. —

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