SC tells CBI to prosecute Shyamal Ghosh, Bharti Airtel & Vodafone
Although the development comes as a setback for Bharti and Vodafone, which were not beneficiaries in the grant of licences and spectrum by then telecom minister A Raja in 2008, it comes as a breather for Bharti's chairman and managing director Sunil Mittal. The officer investigating the 2G case had sought the prosecution of Mittal along with that of Ghosh but the CBI's director (prosecution) had differed on the issue, stating that neither Mittal nor the companies concerned should be charged. The CBI director had said that Ghosh and the accused companies (not Mittal) may be prosecuted, while soliciting the advice of the attorney general (AG).
On Thursday the opinion of the AG, GE Vahanvati, was also placed in a sealed cover before a bench comprising justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan. After perusing the report, the bench directed the CBI to go by the view of its director in taking further action on the allocation of
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