Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Wednesday told a special court that he had informed then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the Law Ministry's opinion to refer the matter of processing of applications seeking 2G spectrum to an empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM).
Former Telecom Minister A Raja had "misled" then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding policy of first-come-first-served (FCFS) which was to be followed for allocation of 2G spectrum, CBI on Monday told a special court.
The CBI Wednesday claimed in a special court that Unitech Group firms had knowingly and fraudulently misrepresented facts in their applications before the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for bagging 2G spectrum licences.
CBI Friday told a special court that being the then Telecom minister, A Raja had "actual dominion" over policy matters pertaining to allocation of 2G spectrum and he had accepted it during his defence in the case.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) Monday told a special court that former Telecom Minister A Raja had "illegally" granted 2G spectrum licences to ineligible firms for which Rs 200 crore was allegedly transferred to Kalaignar TV, owned by DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's family.
A special court on Wednesday dismissed the pleas of Swan Telecom promoter Vinod Goenka, facing trial in 2G spectrum and money laundering cases, to go abroad observing that such appeals put "unnecessary strain" on court's time and resources.
India`s top three mobile phone network operators have spent a combined $13.6 billion in a government auction of airwaves to secure almost 80 percent of the spectrum on offer, reinforcing their positions in the world`s second-biggest mobile market.
Bids for spectrum grew to around Rs 96,000 crore at the end of seventh day of auction Wednesday, after surprisingly dipping to Rs 92,200 crore yesterday for the biggest-ever sale of 2G and 3G airwaves.
The ongoing spectrum auctions, which fetched over Rs 60,000 crore on the very first day, are likely to intensify competition among major telecom players, leading to higher tariffs, and will also increase the gap between top operators and smaller ones, says a report.
The special 2G court would start hearing from next month arguments on framing of charges in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation case, in which CBI has chargesheeted former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms.
Arguments on framing of charges in the 2002 additional spectrum allocation scam case, in which CBI had chargesheeted former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms, would commence from February 19, a special court said today.