New Delhi, May 30, 2012 (IANS)
A CBI special court here Wednesday allowed former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and five other accused in the 2G case to go abroad in June.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini allowed Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and co-promoter Vinod Goenka, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables director Asif Balwa, Cineyug Films director Karim Morani and Unitech’s managing director Sanjay Chandra to go abroad.
“The six accused are facing trial in a very serious matter and it is incumbent upon them to be available… for facing trial. However, at the same time travelling is a natural incident of human life and should not normally be denied without any valid reason,” said the court.
Accused and DMK MP Kanimozhi has moved an application seeking to visit her state Tamil Nadu on the occasion of the birthday of her father and DMK… Continue reading
Agencies | May 30, 2012, 09.58PM IST
NEW DELHI: Loop Telecom took the government and Trai before the telecom sector’s tribunal TDSAT seeking refund of Rs 1,454 crore paid for 2G licence and sought Rs 1,000 crore damages for loss of reputation after licence cancellation.
In its petition, Loop Telecom has argued that the decision of Supreme Court to cancel the UASL license issued to it by the government under its “flip flop” first-come-firstserve policy has caused a huge loss to the company.
“The reason for quashing the first-come-first-serve policy , the UASLs and the subsequent allocation of the spectrum are wholly and absolutely attributable to acts and omissions of the respondent (DoT & Trai) and as a direct proximate result thereof, the petitioner has suffered huge losses and damages,” claimed Loop in the petition. It alleged that due to “faulty issuance of… Continue reading
PTI | 08:05 PM,May 29,2012
New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case, today moved a Delhi court for permission to visit his children abroad. On Behura’s plea to visit Hong Kong for a week in June to meet his children, settled there, Special Judge O P Saini sought CBI’s response by May 31. Behura also moved the court for release of his documents, like his driving license and those of his financial investments, seized by the CBI during the probe. The special court would here these applications tomorrow. Behura is facing charges of breach of trust by a public servant and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Behura was granted bail by the Supreme Court on May 9 this year after he was arrested by the CBI… Continue reading
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 29, 2012
Tata Sons deputy chairman Cyrus P Mistry, who is slated to take over from chairman Ratan Tata later this year, on Tuesday met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to discuss issues related to pricing and refarming of spectrum. Mukherjee is the chairman of the empowered group of ministers on telecommunication.
Mistry informed the minister about the need for refarming of spectrum, said sources. Incumbent operators were allotted spectrum in the 900 MHz band, which is considered to be twice more efficient than the 1,800 Mhz band allotted to new operators.
Tata Teleservices wants the government should take back spectrum from old operators and auction it so that all operators get equal opportunity to acquire it.
Mistry is also said to have appraised Mukherjee about the dual technology status of Tata Teleservices.
24-05-2012 02:09 PM
NEW DELHI, DELHI, INDIA
Authoring the most controversial book on Nira Radia, prominent lawyer & politician, Mr. R.K Anand is all set to release his second book “ASSAULT ON MERIT” which speaks of the untold stories of civil-military relations. The book will be released on 25th May at the Hotel Ashok, New Delhi by the Acting Chief of The Army Staff, General V.K. Singh,
Veteran lawyer’s first book, “Close Encounter with Nira Radia” did a record selling of 1,50,000 copies in a day’s time but got banned later. Thereafter, R.K Anand is showing remarkable zeal & dexterity in taking on the govt. & complaisant bureaucrats in his next book. “ASSAULT ON MERIT” has strung together a series of cases he handled in High Court which clearly demonstrate that unless the political class of this country, backed by… Continue reading
28 May, 2012, 08.58PM IST, PTI
Department of Telecommunication official Shah Nawaz Alam also told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that some leading telecom firms like Shyam Telelinks, Allianz, S Tel and Spice Communications even lacked the criterion for allocation of the radiowaves.
“In this case, there was an attempt to issue LoIs even to ineligible candidates and there were large number of applicants, therefore, it was in the fitness of things to specify as much details (in the LoIs) as possible,” Alam told the court, which resumed hearing the case today after May 15.