2G: CBI brings more trouble for A Raja, Kanimozhi

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New Delhi, Sept 26: 2G spectrum accused A Raja along with Chandolia, Siddharth Behura and Kanimozhi have been charged under section 409 of the IPC (Criminal breach of public trust by public servant) by the CBI that sought life imprisonment for the accused.

The charges slapped against those involved in the 2G scam till now could have led them to an imprisonment of seven years.

The CBI in its two charge sheet also booked all the accused under section 120B, 420, 468 and 471 IPC.

"It is submitted that accused 1, 2, and 3 (Raja, Behura and Chandolia) were public servants having a dominion over valuable 2G spectrum in their respective capacities as public servants," said the CBI application.

"The said accused public servants in pursuance of conspiracy with other accused dishonestly disposed of the valuable 2G spectrum illegally and in violation of the existing policies and the eligibility criterion in order to confer wrongful gain on accused no. 4 (Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa), 5 (Vinod Goenka), 6 (Swan Telecom), 7 (MD of Unitech Sanjay Chandra) and 8 (Unitech Wireless Tamil Nadu Ltd)," the CBI told the court.

"Thus, accused Raja, Behura and Chandolia have committed an offence punishable under section 409 IPC and all other accused have committed an offence punishable under section 409 read with section 120 B IPC. With the cognisance of this court (they) should be charged accordingly," said the application.

The CBI, in its plea also said that "a case of framing of charge under section 409 IPC is certainly made out."

"It is humbly prayed that a charge under section 409 IPC be framed against accused Raja, Behura and Chandolia and charge under section 409 read with 120 B IPC framed against all other accused in addition to the charges already mentioned in the charge sheets filed before this court," said the agency.

However, the defence counsel opposing the CBI argued that it was a way to holdup the "proceedings of framing of charges against the accused."

Meanwhile, the accused in the scam, Kanimozhi and A Raja will have to wait more in Tihar jail as the CBI court on Sept 15 postponed its order on framing of charges in the 2G spectrum scam.

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