2G: CBI files chargesheet against Raja, others

The 80,000 page chargesheet, seal-packed in seven boxes, was submitted before the special court.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Saturday, filed its first chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam case before a special court here.

The 8,000 page chargesheet, seal-packed in seven steel boxes, was submitted before the special court of Justice OP Saini.

The chargesheet was filed against nine persons including former telecom minister A Raja, and three companies under various provisions of IPC including cheating, forgery, corruption and criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act. It was during the filing of the chargesheet former telecom minister A Raja was brought to the court.

Sources said, the CBI has named -- A Raja, his personal aide RK Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddartha Behura, former managing director of Etislat DB (earlier Swan Telecom) Shahid Usman Balwa -- as prime accused in the 2G scam case.
Vinod Goyenka, Managing Director of DB Realty and Sanjay Chandra, Director of Unitech Unitech Wireless are other corporate honchos chargesheeted in the case.

ADAG officials Gautam Doshi, Virendra Titara and Hari Nair also named in the chargesheet.

Three companies -- Unitech, Reliance Telecom and Swan Telecom -- named in the charge sheet.

The name of 125 witnesses and 654 documents have been mentioned in the charge sheet.

In the chargesheet, the CBI mentioned that Unitech Wireless is biggest beneficiary of the scam.
The CBI had earlier informed the Supreme Court that telecom companies -- Swan Telecom and Loop Telecom -- were used as front companies by established telecom players to get 2G spectrum illegally during the tenure of Raja.

The extent of loss to the state exchequer may not be included in this chargesheet as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is yet to complete the process of ascertaining the loss on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008.

The 2G spectrum scam is billed as the biggest scam of independent India. The Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) of India pegged the revenue loss because of the scam to the national exchequer at a staggering Rs 1.76 lakh crore.