2G scam: CBI to file first charge sheet against Raja, others

March 27th, 2011 - 9:19 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 27 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will file its first charge sheet against former Telecom Minister A Raja and some of his close aides in connection with 2G spectrum scam this week.

According to reports, the charge sheet will be filed in a special court of Justice O P Saini, which is expected to be started from March 29, as the Central Government has already informed the Supreme Court about the same.

The charge sheet reportedly would cover the alleged criminal conspiracy behind allocation of spectrum during 2007-08 by Raja.

The probe agency will also file charge sheet against a couple of real estate companies for allegedly defrauding the exchequer and entering into a criminal conspiracy in securing the telecom licenses.

According to reports, the extent of loss to the state exchequer may not be included in this charge sheet as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was yet to complete the process of ascertaining the loss on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008.

The CBI had earlier told the Supreme Court that it will file the first chargesheet in 2G scam against former Telecom Minister A Raja and others under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for cheating and forgery by March 31.

The probe into the 2G scam has shown links between Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Kalaignar TV. Balwa was the fourth high profile person arrested in connection with the scam.

The others arrested in connection with the case are A Raja, his personal secretary RK Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behuria.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs.1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue. (ANI)

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