2G scam: Raja charged with criminal conspiracy

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New Delhi, Feb 11: It appears that more trouble is on the cards for former telecom minister A Raja for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam. India's foremost investigative agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have submitted a file that alleges that Raja was involved in criminal conspiracy, forging of documents and cheating.

Raja's claim that he had scrupulously followed the "first come first served" policy, has been proved to be a false statement. The report showed that Raja deviated from the "first come first served" policy in order to favor firms that were close to him.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday, Feb 10, asked the investigating agencies to name the beneficiaries of the scam prior to filing the chargesheet. The Apex Court also asked the agencies to submit the chargesheet before Mar 31.

"Tell us who are the beneficiaries and conspirators before filing the chargesheet. We will scrutinize the chargesheet," stated the Supreme Court on Feb 10.

The CBI is now going to chargesheet the former telecom minister A Raja, his private secretary R K Chandolia, retired bureaucrat Siddharth Behura and DB group chief Shahid Balwa by Mar 31.

Furthermore, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) received another jolt as the Apex Court highlighted that the policy decisions of TRAI's functionaries since 2003 were the "trigger point" for the scam.

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