New Delhi: More than a year after his arrest, former telecom minister A. Raja on Wednesday applied for bail in the lower court that is hearing the case of alleged irregularities in the allocation of second generation, or 2G, spectrum and licences.
Seeking relief: Former telecom minister A. Raja. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
His application came on the day the Supreme Court granted bail to former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, leaving Raja the only accused still in jail.
Raja has applied for bail on grounds that the case against him is “false and fabricated”. He has sought parity with his co-accused, who are all out on bail. The lower court gave the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) until 11 May to respond to the bail application.
Raja was arrested on 2 February 2011 for his role in overseeing the allotment of telecom licences and spectrum in 2008. The… Continue reading
The Centre has decided to withdraw its petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking review of the “conclusions of law” drawn by it while cancelling 2G spectrum licences on February 2.
In a letter circulated among lawyers involved with the case, the advocate on record (AOR) for the Centre said the government had decided to withdraw its petition as the court had not agreed to have a holistic relook but to look into only some of the concerns raised by it.
“By an order dated 13-4-2012, the Hon’ble Supreme Court was pleased to issue notice limited to the grounds raised in Grounds B to F in the petition. In view of the fact only limited notice has been issued, the petitioners do not want to press the Review Petition and will be praying for withdrawal of the Review Petition,” AOR D. S. Mahra said in a letter issued on Tuesday.… Continue reading
New Delhi, April 13: The Supreme Court Friday issued notice on the government’s plea seeking a review of its verdict cancelling 122 2G licenses and holding that an auction was the only route for disposing of natural resources.
The apex court, by its Feb 2 verdict, had also held that the policy of allocating 2G licenses on a first-come-first-served basis was flawed.
An apex court bench of Justice G. S. Singhvi and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan issued notice when it took up government petition seeking review of the 2G verdict in the open court.
When Additional Solicitor General Indra Jaisingh wanted to know the scope of applicabilty of 2G verdict, the court said that these were just apprehensions.
By IANS,New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday reserved its order on whether to issue a notice to union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on a plea of Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy seeking to make him a co-accused along with former telecom minister A.Raja in the 2G pricing case.
The apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan also reserved the order on Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) plea for a court-monitored CBI probe into Chidambaram’s role as the then finance minister in deciding 2G spectrum prices.
Swamy has challenged special CBI Judge O.P. Saini rejecting Swamy’s plea to make Chidambaram a co-accused. The special CBI court is trying the 2G scam accused by holding day-to-day hearing.
The Supreme Court today refused to grant 400 days to the government to complete the process of fresh auctioning of the 2G spectrum licences but extended the deadline for it from June 2 to August 31
A bench of justices G S Singvhi and K S Radhakrishnan also said the existing licences for 2G spectrum will continue to be operational till September 7, 2012.
“In our view, it will be just and proper to partially accept the averments made in the application (by the Centre).
“Accordingly, the time specified for conducting the auction and grant of licences is extended upto August 31, 2012,” said the bench.
The bench also said its February 2 order cancelling 122 licences, allocated during the tenure of A Raja, will remain operational.
The bench made it clear that it was not going… Continue reading