Delhi court acquits A Raja, Kanimozhi and all others accused in 2G scam cases

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 21, 2017 13:22 hrs
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New Delhi: The much-awaited judgment in the alleged multi-thousand crore rupees 2G spectrum scandal was delivered by a special court here today.

Special Judge O.P. Saini acquitted all the accused, including then Telecom Minister A. Raja and DMK MP Kanimohi, in both the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED). The court said there was no sufficient evidence against any of the accused.

Read: Timeline of the 2G spectrum scam

The scam on the issuance of licences and allocation of 2G spectrum by the Department of Telecom occurred during the Congress-led UPA government's first tenure in 2008 but was widely reported in 2010 following a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG),

The CAG had said 2G licenses were issued to telecom operators at throwaway prices causing a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. It said licences were issued to ineligible applicants who had deliberately suppressed facts, disclosed incomplete information, submitted fictitious documents and used fraudulent means to get access to spectrum.

Then Telecom Minister A. Raja of the DMK -- a constituent of the ruling UPA -- became the face of the scam amid allegations that he bent the rules of auction to benefit a few and selective telecom players. Among others accused of complicity in the scam are DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and party supremo M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal.

Who said what:

Subramanian Swamy:"Govt must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in High Court. Congis and Allies celebrated JJ HC acquittal. Then in SC got deflated. Same will be here."

Shashi Tharoor, Congress: "Clearly the Court found that innocent people have been wronged. Justice has worked as it is supposed to work in our country"

Kapil Sibal: "Manmohan Singh and the UPA government stand vindicated today. They (the BJP) must apologise as they attacked the (then) Prime Minister, and the Congress in the Lok Sabha as well as in Rajya Sabha. Today's verdict clears the government position as vindicated."

Arun Jaitley: "This was a corrupt and dishonest policy, which has already been upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012. Congress leaders are treating this judgement as some kind of a badge of honor and a certification that it was an honest policy."

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