Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hailed CBI Special Judge O. P. Saini’s decision to discharge all accused, including Shyamal Ghosh, former Telecom Secretary, in a case relating to fixation of Spectrum User Charges.
“The court observed,” said Jaitley, “There is no doubt that the charge sheet has been filed for extraneous reasons… Since the charge sheet has been found to be full of distorted and fabricated facts, an attempt has been made to mislead the Court, Director, CBI is directed to conduct an inquiry against the erring officers and take actions as per law.”
“I had consistently maintained that this charge sheet was full of fabricated facts, said Jaitley, adding the court has vindicated his stand.
Stating that the officers are guilty of fabricating charges against an honest Civil Servant and others, he said, “There is no doubt that the charge sheet was filed at the behest of former Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
“At the time when the telecom sector was riddled with scams, Sibal selected a retired Judge of his choice and asked him to unearth an ‘NDA Scam’ in telecom. The Judge opined that there could be arbitrariness in fixing the Spectrum User Charges for allocation of additional spectrum.
“An unsustainable charge sheet was filed against an outstanding and honest Civil Servant Shyamal Ghosh. The idea to attack the NDA was by including the Late Pramod Mahajan in Column II as a deceased accused.”
“The CBI officers who acted on the dictates of the political government will now face an inquiry. But, what about the Ministers who conspired to create a fabricated charge sheet and a retired Judge, who for the sake of a post-retirement assignment, agreed to lend his offices for the same,” Jaitley asked.