Releasing soon - Third chargesheet on 2G scam by June 30

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New Delhi, Jun 8: With more and more names creeping up on those stuck in the 2G spectrum rut, the latest casualty is the Maran family. With strong indications emerging that all former Telecom Minsters since 1998 are likely to be summoned by the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for a better understanding on how telecom policies were formulated over time, Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran would also be summoned to probe into his involvement in the scam.

After the CBI Director A.P. Singh deposed before the JPC on Tuesday, the investigative agency revealed that it was gearing up to file its third chargesheet in the scam. The chargesheet is most likely slated to be filed by June 30 and they will also look into four areas of irregularities that went into the allocations of telecom licenses from 2003.

The probe will also center around the recent allegations by former Aircel Chief C Sivasankaran that said there was an intentional delay of two years for granting license to the firm during Dayanidhi Maran's tenure as Minister of Telecommunications. In a statement by JPC Chairman P.C. Chacko quoted the CBI submission said that there were 14 licenses that was granted to Aircel Maxis in 2004 but were given to them only in 2006.

The JPC brief by the CBI chief did not however mention the names of any former or current Ministers who are under the investigative agency's eye. The other area of probe is the implementation of telecom policies especially that of the Unified Access Service Licences that was ordered over the telephone by the then Secretary of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Also under the scanner is the granting of licenses on the first-come, first-served basis as per the 2001 policy and allotment of spectrum beyond capacity.

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