The former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura was denied bail by the Delhi High Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. He was arrested along with the former telecom minister A Raja on February 2 of this year. Siddharth Behura and A Raja are the only two people who are still in jail as all the other 12 accused have been granted bail by the various courts.
The trial in the 2g scam will be starting from 11 Nov. 2011 under the supervision of the supreme court of India. And the witnesses will be examined out of the 28 witnesses to be questioned by the November 30, 11 will be from Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) group and the first witness will be Reliance Group President AN Sethuraman as he applied for Gsm licenses on the name of swan Telecom Ltd. ADAG-led RTL has been put on trial by the court which said Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd was “just a mask” for RTL, which was the violation of clause 8 of the telecom policy.
Recently Delhi high court rejected the bail plea of 17 persons including former telecom minister A. Raja and Kanimozhi as they have been charged on grounds of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and forgery. Earlier the telecom ministry issued licenses to the telecom operators on first come first serve basis instead of regular biding process.
The plea of former Telecom minister A.R.Raja, an accused in the 2G scam to appear before the court to support his counsel during the hearing on October 10, 2011 was rejected by a special CBI O P Saini on Friday. The plea was rejected as the Supreme Court has not handed out any requisition concerning Raja’s production before it and without such direction it is not possible for the accused as a person in judicial custody to be allowed to be present in that court.
The CBI representative on Sunday clarified that investigation on the role of Anil Ambani in 2G spectrum case is still in progress. The CBI on the status report submitted to Supreme Court on September 29 had submitted that so far it could not obtain any oral or documentary evidence against Ambani so as to incriminate him “in the structuring of different companies and transfer of funds relating to Swan Telecom Company which had got Spectrum license”. The statement was made in response to a note by the petitioner Prashanth Bhushan that questioned the fairness of the investigation. Bhushan alleged that it is difficult for three employees to form a network of companies so as to mask the real ownership of Swan and to take 1000 crore of money without the consent of the Chairman of the Board. At the time of applications to the DoT for UAS licenses, Tiger Traders (91.1%) and Reliance Telecom (9.1%) were the share holders of Swan Telecom. Anil Ambani and his wife were the original promoters of AAA consultancy Services which had contributed small amount of funds towards Tiger Traders. But their shareholding of these companies was transferred a year prior to the application to DoT. The CBI is still in the stage of collecting evidence on “the role of Ambani and other employees in relation to share interest in the Swan Telecom” that was sold to Mauritius-based Delphi. According to CBI the shares sold to Delphi were undervalued. Meanwhile the Reliance ADA group on Friday clarified they had no beneficial interest in the 2G license and the share interest in Swan Telecom was sold months before the license was granted to Swan Telecom.
Confirmation came from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday, that the correspondence between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Telecommunications Minister, A.Raja, on the implementation of the telecom policy and 2G spectrum pricing to an applicant under Right to Information Act (RTI) after Central Information Commission (CIC) reworded the specific information sought by the petitioner as his queries were in Hindi which was a mix of allegations and his desire for what the nation should be.
Rajya Sabha MP and 2G scam accused K Kanimozhi looks at a long haul in jail as the Supreme Court today rejected her bail plea. The bail plea of Sharad Kumar, the Managing Director of Kalaignar TV, was also rejected.
A special Supreme Court bench on Monday rejected bail pleas of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum scam case. Apex Court in its order gave liberty to Kanimozhi to move to trial court afresh for bail after framing of charges in the case. Court in its order said that she could invoke section 437 of criminal procedure code which provides for grant of bail to women in cognizable offences. The case was heard by a bench headed by Justice GS Singvi, who has been monitoring the case since the beginning and had asked searching questions to the government on the role of several influential people in the multi-crore scam. Kanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam. The CBI filed had filed an affidavit opposing their bail pleas on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses. Opposing the bail plea, the probe agency contended in its affidavit that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV was part of the “bribe” amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused. Earlier two judges P Sathasivam and AK Patnaik before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.