2G scam verdict: In the aftermath of the crucial verdict, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi today got surprise calls from former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. It is not clear what transpired between them. Notably, A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi have been acquitted by a special court in Delhi in the much-anticipated 2G spectrum allocation scam cases. Earlier in the day, ex-PM Manmohan Singh made a public statement saying the ‘massive propaganda’ against the UPA on 2G spectrum was without any foundation. The judgement speaks for itself, Singh said. “I do not want to boast (about) anything. The court’s judgement has to be respected. I am glad that the court has pronounced unambiguously. All the massive propaganda which was being done against the UPA was without any foundation. The judgement speaks for itself,” Singh said. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi is yet to make any statement on the verdict.
Apart from the former telecom minister and Kanimozhi, fifteen other accused were also allowed to walk free including former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.
The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the top court on February 2, 2012.
Raja and Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, were also let off in another case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate under the money laundering law arising out of the 2G scam.
In its charge sheet, the ED had also named DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal as an accused in the case in which it had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.
Along with them, 16 others including Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, film producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar, Director of Kalaignar TV were also acquitted in the money laundering case.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini, whose court came into being on March 14, 2011 for hearing 2G cases exclusively, also acquitted Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a separate case arising out of the 2G scam probe.
Besides Ruias, Loop Telecom Promoters I P Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan and Vikash Saraf, one of the Essar Group Directors, Loop Telecom Ltd, Loop Mobile (India) Ltd and Essar Teleholdings Ltd were also acquitted.
In the packed courtroom, the judge said, “I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the accused.”
The three cases decided today by the special court had total of 35 accused including several companies.