The former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi were today acquitted by a special court in the 2G spectrum scam case. All other accused and three companies were also acquitted in the case. In its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012. The judgement was announced by the special CBI judge OP Saini who was designated by the Delhi government to undertake the trial of all 2G cases only after the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly asked the Government to set up a special court to deal with it. Here is all you need to know about OP Saini:
1. Saini started his career as Delhi Police sub-inspector in 1981 and shot into fame as a special POTA judge after delivering the Red Fort shoot-out case judgement where the main accused was sentenced to death.
2. 57-year-old Saini comes from Haryana and sat for the judicial magistrate examination after six years in the police service. He was the only candidate who was selected that year from all the people who appeared.
3. Before the 2G case, Saini heard cases relating to the Commonwealth Games, putting behind bars Suresh Kalmadi’s aides Lalit Bhanot, VK Verma, KUK. Reddy, Praveen Bakshi and Deorukhar Shekhar.
4. He is known to be a tough man. On March 19, 2017, Saini used his special powers under Section 319 of the CrPC to summon three more accused – Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel, Asim Ghosh of Hutchison Max and Ravi Ruia of Sterling Cellular – in the 2G case.
5. His other prominent decisions include death sentence to Mohammad Arif and life imprisonment to six others who were accused in the Red fort incident of December 2000. Arif along with his compliances had attacked an army camp, killing 3 jawans. The death sentence given to Arif by Saini in October 2005 was upheld by both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.