2G case: Trial completes one year, over 100 witnesses examined

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SummaryThe ongoing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation case, involving high-profile accused like former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi today completed a year, yielding the recording of over 3,000 pages

a total of 154 prosecution witnesses, named in the first two chargesheets, the court has recorded the statements of 77 of them.

Some high profile prosecution witnesses, who are yet to be examined, includes Attorney General G E Vahanvati, corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and current RBI Governor D Subbarao.

After the commencement of trial in the case, the CBI on December 12 last year had filed its charge sheet against Essar Group promoters Ravi and Anshuman Ruia, and Loop Telecom promoters I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan for their alleged role in the criminal case linked to the 2G scam.

Essar Group director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf and three telecom firms -- Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holdings Ltd -- were also arrayed as accused in the charge sheet for allegedly cheating the

Department of Telecom (DoT) by using Loop Telecom as a "front"

to secure 2G licences in 2008.

They were slapped with the charges of committing offences only under the IPC as the CBI did not find enough evidence to prosecute them under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The special court on May 25 this year had framed charges of conspiracy to cheat the government against eight accused, including three telecom firms, named in the charge sheet filed on December 12, 2011.

While the court said all the accused were charged with the offence under section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) read with section 420 (cheating) of IPC, the substantial charge of cheating was made out against Saraf only.

After framing charges, the court on July 26 had commenced the trial against them and till now it has recorded statements of 28 prosecution witnesses out of the 100 named in the charge sheet in the case.

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