In one of the most shocking scams that the country has ever witnessed, the 2G spectrum scam case’s verdict will be finally announced by Delhi’s Patiala House Court on December 21. The final hearing of the case will decide the fate of Tamil Nadu MP Kanimozhi and former telecom minister A Raja along with other accused. In the last hearing, one of the judges in the apex court bench, Justice L Nageswar Rao, recused himself from hearing the case. It is the special judge OP Saini, who has been dealing with the cases arising out of the 2G spectrum scam. Supreme Court had also asked not to take any action against the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Investigating Officer, Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the 2G case.
While coming out of the court, the main accused Kanimozhi said, “I’m not nervous. Let the court decide.” In its charge sheet filed against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and others in 2011, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore in the allocation of 122 licenses for 2G spectrum. In April 2014, the ED filed a charge sheet against 19 people, including Raja and Kanimozhi, in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam.
“I am sure about the judgment. Manmohan Singh is not guilty of corruption, but still, a part of the case,” said Subramaniam Swamy to CNN News 18 on the 2G scam verdict.
Another high profile accused, A Raja said that he has full faith in the Indian judiciary. He said, “I am not a judge, I am a law-abiding citizen, I faced trial & have faith in the judiciary.”
According to the CBI, Raja was biased in allocating 2G mobile airwaves and operating licenses to telecom firms, causing a huge loss to the state exchequer. Earlier in 2012, the supreme court had canceled 122 licenses that were granted during the tenure of A Raja.
There have been two cases which have been filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and another one by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). As of now all of the accused which includes A Raja are out on bail in the case filed by the ED.