2G scam: Chargesheet against Raja on April 2

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 15:58

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a two-day extension to the CBI to file on April 2 its
charge sheet against former Telecom Minister A Raja and others
in the 2G spectrum allocation case even as the agency said it
was readying an 80,000-page document for submission.

In their status reports on the probe into the scam,
given to the court in a sealed cover, the CBI and the
Enforcement Directorate (ED) informed a bench of justices G S
Singhvi and A K Ganguly that the case involved large-scale
violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act and benami
After going through the report, the bench allowed the
CBI plea that the agency be granted two more days to file the
charge sheet in the case. The court had earlier given the CBI
the deadline of March 31 for the purpose.

The ED, in its report, said in violation of RBI
guidelines, foreign money was invested in many telecom
companies, after they were granted licences during Raja`s
tenure as telecom minister.
Giving fresh details about its probe, the ED informed
the court that Rs 106.95 crore was received by a telecom
company in lieu of just one share while the market value of
the share was just Rs 270.

The apex court was also informed by the ED that it
would start attaching and confiscating the properties of
erring telecom companies for violating FEMA soon after filing
of the charge sheet.

The ED, in its report, also informed the court about
various investments made in telecom companies. The investments
originated from several foreign countries, it said.

It said most of these transactions took place after
licences were given to the telecom firms during Raja`s tenure.

It told the court that a joint team of the CBI and the
ED would be sent to foreign countries, starting from
Mauritius, to track the trail of the FDI in erring telecom
companies involved in 2G scam.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 15:58

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