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2G scam: CBI files first chargesheet

New Delhi. In its first charge sheet on the 2G scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested former Union Minister and DMK leader A.K. Raja (A. RAJA) of being the ‘master mind’ of the conspiracy in relation to the scam. Eight people have been charged as co-accused in the case along with corporate companies- Reliance Telecom, Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless. The chargesheet includes former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Unitech chief Sanjay Chandra, DB Realty Boss, its MD Vinod Goenka and Swan Telecom MD Shahid Balwa. There are names.

The 2008 2G case pertains to the alleged corrupt sale of telecom bandwidth to select organizations by underestimating the actual market value of assets. At that time Raja was the Minister of Telecom and IT. It has been considered as the biggest political corruption case in modern Indian history, amounting to about Rs 1.76 lakh crore. On December 21, 2017, a Delhi court had acquitted all the accused, including Raja and DMK’s Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, in the 2G spectrum allocation case. Special Judge O.P. Saini said that the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate have failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove the charges against 33 people named in the case and the court has no hesitation in saying that That the prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the convicts. The court also acquitted 19 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, in a related money laundering case probed by the Enforcement Directorate. (IANS)

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