“There is no basis for the charges framed against me in the (2G) case”, said Nilgiris MP and former Communication Minister A. Raja on Sunday. He was responding to a rousing reception given by the DMK workers here.
Stating that he would prove his innocence in the case and appear before the people of the constituency, Mr. Raja said he will not dwell on matters which are sub-judice. However, certain facts have to be placed before the people.
When the case opened in 2009 the alleged loss estimated by the Central Vigilance Commission was Rs. 22,000 crores. Subsequently the CAG had estimated the presumptive loss to be Rs. 1.76 lakh crores. Later the CBI charge sheet had scaled the figure down to Rs. 33,000 crores.
Regrettably, a section of the media which was harping on the CAG report is continuing to do so, he… Continue reading
New Delhi, May 31, 2012, (PTI) :
DMK MP Kanimozhi, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, has been allowed by a Delhi court to visit Tamil Nadu on June 3 to celebrate the birthday of her father and party patriarch M Karunanidhi.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini also allowed Kanimozhi’s plea for exemption from personal appearance from the court.
Kanimozhi was granted bail by the Delhi High Court on November 28, nearly six months after she was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on May 20, 2011.
The CBI had arrested her for allegedly receiving Rs 200 crore bribe through the DMK-run Kalaignar TV from Shahid Balwa’s DB Group.
Kanimozhi is facing trial in the case along with 13 persons and three companies.
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
The special court hearing the 2G spectrum scam on Friday granted bail to five businessmen, including Essar Tele Holding promoters Ravikant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and Loop Telecom promoters Kiran and I P Khaitan.
All of them were charged with criminal conspiracy to cheat the telecom department, as part of the 2G spectrum scam. Ravi Ruia is India’s ninth richest, according to Forbes and is among the top businessmen in the country.
However, the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) court, charged the Ruias and Khaitan, along with Vikas Saraf, director-strategy, Essar Group, with criminal conspiracy and cheating.
CBI in its chargesheet filed on 12 December 2011, said Loop Telecom had made fraudulent applications for 21 circles on 3 September 2007, which was a result of ”the entire conspiracy to cheat the DoT through a fraudulent corporate veil, to hide the actual holding structure of Loop Telecom and Loop Mobile –… Continue reading
New Delhi: Essar promoters Ravi and Anshuman Ruia, and Loop Telecom’s Kiran Khaitan and IP Khaitan have been charged with conspiracy while Essar’s Director for Strategy and Planning Vikash Saraf has been charged with cheating and conspiracy in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court also granted them bail on a surety bond of Rs 5 lakh each while charging them.
Advancing arguments on framing of charges, CBI counsel A K Singh said Loop Telecom played “hide and seek” with the Department of Telecom (DoT) and concealed information from it regarding their relationship with Essar Group.
Referring to the conduct of Loop Telecom, he said, “first the company had not filed the clause 8 (of the Unified Access Services Licences guidelines) certificate which was mandatory to be submitted at the time of filing of the application (for spectrum) and secondly, when it gave… Continue reading
New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja, an accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, on Tuesday evening walked out of the Tihar Jail, hours after being granted bail by the court of special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge O P Saini in New Delhi.
The 49-year-old DMK leader was granted bail on a surety of Rs 25 lakh after spending 15 months in jail.
Raja was the first accused to be arrested in connection with the 2G scam and was the last one to apply and get bail.
However, the DMK leader has been asked by the court to not visit Tamil Nadu without permission. He has also been directed not to visit the office of the Department of Telecom (DoT).
“Considering the progress of the trial, period of custody and the fact that all other accused have been released on… Continue reading
Chennai, May 15 — Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday said the 2G spectrum allotment scam case seemed to be getting diluted with the bail granted to former communications minister and the main accused A. Raja.
Queried about the bail granted to Raja, she told reporters here: “I am hearing about it from you only now. It definitely looks as though it is (2G case) getting diluted.”
Raja, lodged in the Tihar jail in Delhi since February 2011, was Tuesday granted bail by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge O.P. Saini.
When asked about Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s role in the Aircel-Maxis deal, Jayalalithaa said: “It is up to (Janata Party chief ) Subramanian Swamy to substantiate his allegations, and it is up to Minister Chidambaram to defend himself. In a situation like this, the only hope is the Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, DMK party workers in Perambalur… Continue reading
Raja’s counsel told reporters that the judge called Raja towards him and told him: “Your bail application is allowed.”
“The bail application is allowed,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.
The court granted bail to the DMK MP on a personal bond of Rs 20 lakh and two sureties of the like amount. The court while granting bail imposed conditions on Raja that he will not visit Tamil Nadu without its prior permission… Continue reading
The Income Tax department has initiated a post-2008 probe into the finances, investments and returns of all those 122 2G spectrum licence benefactors whose authorisations were scrapped by the Supreme Court recently.
These 122 licences, granted during the time of former telecom minister A Raja, were cancelled by the SC on the ground that they were issued in a “totally arbitrary and unconstitutional” manner.
In its 2G probe case status report, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) informed the Supreme Court last week that it has begun scrutinisation of tax statements and multi- billion investments of such firms on the directions of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The CVC is vetting the investigation reports of the department along with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the two other agencies probing the 2G spectrum case.
The CVC, during a meeting with CBDT officials last… Continue reading