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2G spectrum verdict likely today: The charges, accused and witnesses

By Vicky

A special court in Delhi is likely to pronounce the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case today. The fate of former telecom minister, A Raja and Kanimozhi, daughter of M Karunanidhi hangs in balance and the court would decide whether they are guilty or not.

2G spectrum verdict likely today: The charges, accused and witnesses

The verdict comes 7 years after the CBI made its first arrest in the case in 2011. It is the allegation of the CBI that the scam cost the national exchequer a loss of Rs 1,76,000 crore.

Who are the accused, the witnesses and what are the charges. Let us take a quick look.

The charges:

  • A Raja, along with Sidharath Behura, RK Chandolia, conspired to give benefits to private accused persons in the issuance of letters of intent, unified access services licences (UASL) and spectrum by the Department of Telecom.
  • Raja ensured there would be a cut-off date on the receipt and processing of the UASL applications, so that the system can be manipulated to benefit favoured few
  • The first come first serve policy was changed to a first compliance first serve one. The change was not disclosed to the public but was informed only to a favoured few, who had kept everything ready, and thus, were in a position to take advantage of the manipulation, thereby getting LOIs, UASL and spectrum, though they were not eligible for the same

The accused:

  • A Raja, former telecom minister
  • Sidharath Behura, former telecom secretary
  • R K Chandolia, IES officer, PS to telecom minister
  • Shahid Usman Balwa, managing director, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, now Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt ltd
  • Vinod Goenka, director of Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and managing director of DB Realty
  • Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd
  • Sanjay Chandra, manging director, Unitech Ltd
  • Unitech Wireless Ltd (Tamil Nadu)
  • Asif Balwa, director, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd
  • Rajiv Agarwal, director Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd
  • Karim Morani, director, MIS Cineyug Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
  • Sharad Kumar, director/promoter, Kalaignar TV Pvt. Ltd
  • Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, director/promoter, Kalaignar TV Pvt. Ltd
  • Ravi Kant Ruia, vice chairman, Essar group
  • Gautam Doshi, group managing director, Reliance ADA group
  • Surendra Pipara, group president, Reliance ADA group
  • Hari Nair, vice president, Reliance ADA group
  • Reliance Telecom Ltd
  • Anshuman Ruia, promoter, Essar group
  • IP Khaitan, promoter, Khaitan group
  • Kiran Khaitan, former director, Santa Trading pvt ltd
  • Vikash Saraf, director strategy, Essar
  • Loop Telecom Ltd
  • Loop Mobile Ltd
  • Essar Teleholding Ltd
  • Late GE Vahanvati, former attorney general of India
  • Nripendra Mishra, former TRAI chairman, now principal secretary to the Prime Minister
  • DS Mathur, former DoT secretary
  • T K Vishwanathan, law secretary, ministry of law and justice
  • Dr D Subba Rao, former governor, Reserve Bank of India, ex-finance secretary, government of India
  • Anil D Ambani, chairman, Reliance Group and his wife, Tina A Ambani
  • Dayalu Karunanidhi, wife of DMK leader M Karunanidhi
  • Niira Radia, corporate lobbyist

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