Will call PM as 2G witness: Kanimozhi`s lawyer

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 16:04

New Delhi: Sushil Kumar, the lawyer of DMK MP and 2G accused Kanimozhi, on Tuesday told a Delhi court that if the trial continues, he would call upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appear as a witness.

"The Prime Minister, the then finance minister and the present Telecom Minister are `good enough` as witnesses to prove that there was no loss. They are on record in Parliament that the government did not incur any loss," Kumar said.
Kanimozhi has also told the court that the CBI didn`t take sanction from the Rajya Sabha to file a chargeseheet against her.

Kanimzhi, a co-conspirator in the 2G spectrum scam, has been in jail since May 20.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram, who was then finance minister, were fully in the loop on the 2G spectrum license allocation and had decided along with then Telecom Minister A Raja not to auction them, jailed DMK MP Kanimozhi told a Delhi court on Tuesday.

"I am showing you (judge) the minutes of the meeting in which the Prime Minister, the then Finance Minister and the Telecom Minister decided that the licences for the 2G spectrum was not to be sold/auctioned," senior advocate Sushil Kumar, appearing for Kanimozhi, told the Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

Seeking discharge from the case, the counsel for the 43-year-old DMK MP, said the CBI case is based on the premise that the accused caused huge loss to the state exchequer by not auctioning the licences for the 2G spectrum.
"The moment, the loss factor goes out, the charge of cheating also goes out," Kumar said, adding that the basic foundation of the CBI case cannot sustain the legal process.

The defence counsel also trashed the computation of loss by the CBI and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) saying they are "just notional loss" and cannot be a basis for prosecution of the accused.

"The CAG report (of loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the state) was laid before the House on November 16, 2010. It had not been adopted by the House. It is still in the limbo as the House is yet to adopt the report," the counsel said.

The counsel for Kanimozhi also disputed the computation of loss of Rs 30,984 crore by the CBI saying it too has no basis as the charge sheet said that government could have earned more by auctioning the licences.

"The words - could have - cannot be the basis of prosecution as the relevant paragraph in the charge sheet is (a) full myth," the defence counsel said.

"The sale of equities by Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd (the two alleged beneficiaries of the scam) to foreign firms, Etisalat and Telenor, respectively were approved by the government. It was not the sale of the licences and hence there was no loss," the defence counsel argued.
"Where is the sale (of the licences)? Where is the cheating?" asked the counsel for the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi`s daughter, arrested by the CBI on May 30 for her alleged role in the scam.

Her arguments, opposing charges of corruption and other penal offences like cheating and hatching criminal conspiracy in the 2G scam is still on.

Kanimozhi`s arguments seeking her discharge from the case virtually echoed those of former Teleceom Minister A Raja who too had sought to rope in the Prime Minister and Chidamabaram in the case, telling the court that the issue of dilution of equity by spectrum licencees was discussed with them.

Her counsel is the same as that for Raja - senior advocate Sushil Kumar.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 16:04

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