Govt. has lost its credibility in solving 2G scam case: Jethmalani

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 23, 2011 20:12 hrs

New Delhi: With the Supreme Court ordering the release of five top corporate executives charged from Tihar Jail, veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Wednesday said the government has lost its credibility in solving the 2G spectrum fraud case.

"Partly, the reason is that the government has lost its credibility, as it has lost its credibility with Anna Hazare and Ramdev, it has also lost some credibility with the Supreme Court also, so the Supreme Court, after having known the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report did come to the conclusion that this required some investigation, so they have bonafide accepted, embarked upon ordering a proper investigation and now look at their judicial impartiality, hats off to them that they think that nobody should be denied bail till the final trail," said Jethmalani.

The Supreme Court earlier in the day granted bail to five corporate executives, who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum fraud case.

The executives - Unitech Wireless' former MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom's Director Vinod Goenka and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group's executives Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surendra Pipara - had been in jail for over seven months.

On November 1, the apex court had reserved its order on their bail pleas.

The accused, who have been charged under various offences under the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act, contended that they should be granted bail as the charges have already been framed and there is no chance of them tampering with the evidence.

The CBI, which opposed their bail pleas, had earlier said that some of the key witnesses, belonging to the corporate world, directly worked under them and the possibility of the accused winning them over could not be ruled out.

The telecom scam, one of India's biggest graft cases ever, may have cost 39.57 billion dollars in revenue to the public exchequer as per the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

A. Raja was sacked in November last year and later arrested after being charged with giving away telecom licences in 2008 for a pittance, at meagre prices of 2001 in the CAG report. Raja is presently facing trial along with a group of telecom executives and DMK lawmaker Kanimozhi.

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