Mail Today Bureau New Delhi, April 1, 2012 | UPDATED 15:05 IST
After several missed court dates and a warning, Essar Group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia appeared in a special CBI court on Saturday to face trial in the 2G scam case.
Loop Telecom promoters I.P. Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan also appeared in court for the first time, with all four moving bail applications.
Special CBI judge O.P. Saini issued notice to the CBI to reply, and will hear arguments on the bail pleas on April 21.
The court had first summoned the two firms, the Ruias and three others to appear on January 27, after taking cognisance of the CBI’s chargesheet accusing them of using Loop as a front company to acquire telecom licences.
The accused have been charged with cheating by using a “corporate veil” to hide an… Continue reading
Express News Service Last Updated : 08 Mar 2012 08:39:45 AM IST
TIRUPATI: Lobbyist Niira Radia visited Tirumala on Wednesday to participate in the Sahasra Chandra Darshan Shanti Mahotsavam conducted by Pejavar Mutt seer Vishvesha Theertha Swamy and Sudhamangalotsavams at Kalyanavedika.
She is a follower of the Pejavar Mutt pontiff. When some mediapersons approached her, she refused to speak. She reportedly had darshan of Venkateswara and left later.
Former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly says former telecom minister A Raja acted unilaterally in the 2G spectrum mess and that his Cabinet colleagues are not to be blamed.
Speaking to Karan Thapar on CNN IBN’s Devil’s Advocate, Ganguly said it is not correct to apply the principle of collective Cabinet responsibility in the case related to the distribution of 2G licences on a first-come-first-served basis. Edited excerpts:
Let me start with the comment made about your recent sanctions and 2G judgments, both delivered in the last 30 days. The first was reserved in November 2010 and made public 13 months later. The second one was reserved in March 2011 and delivered 11 months later. Both were delivered during an election campaign and in some quarters, this has led to people being suspicious about the timing and the delay. How do you respond to that sort of comment?
India | Posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:32pm IST
HC rejects plea against IOs’ presence in court during 2G trial
Press Trust of India
New Delhi: A plea by two 2G case accused challenging the presence of the CBI investigating officers in the court room during the trial of the case was on Tuesday dismissed by the Delhi High Court.
“Both the petitions are dismissed,” said Justice ML Mehta, dismissing the pleas for the high court’s directions to restrain the CBI IOs from attending the lower court proceedings in the 2G case.
Justice Mehta said no prejudice would be caused to the accused by the presence of the IO in the trial court.
“I fail to appreciate as to how any witness would be in fear or under pressure by the presence of the IO in the court room.
“Mere presence of the IO as such in the court… Continue reading
Surjit S Bhalla : Sat Feb 04 2012, 03:29 hrs
Non-Congress states have performed better in the MGNREGA corruption index
The Supreme Court has “officially” declared corruption in the 2G case. All licences stand cancelled. The 2G scam has been the most talked about corruption case in India. Land grabs and mining are the other two areas of widespread corporate and public (bureaucrat and politician) corruption.
Less talked about, actually hardly, is in the name of the poor corruption. This is corruption in programmes meant for the poor. Indeed, when reference is made to the possibility of corruption in schemes like MNREGA, the refrain is “Why are you criticising money spent on the poor? What about telecom licences, diesel subsidies, and other expenditures in the name of the rich?” These questions are worthy of an answer; perhaps not, because corruption is corruption no matter in whose name it… Continue reading