Court to decide on framing of charges in 2G case on Sept 15

Court to decide on framing of charges in 2G case on Sept 15

Court to decide on framing of charges in 2G case on Sept 15

"The matter is now fixed on September 15 for orders (on framing of charges)," special CBI judge O P Saini said today after special CBI prosecutor U U Lalit wrapped up his final argument, rebutting the plea of innocence by all the accused, including three telecom firms, two bureaucrats, nine corporate honchos and a filmmaker.

Lalit wrapped up his argument while pleading to the court to frame charges of corruption and other penal offences against all 17 accused and put them on trial for their alleged roles in the case.

While concluding his argument, Lalit told the court that Swan Telecom and Unitech got the licences despite their complete ineligibility to get the same.

He said both the companies off-loaded their shares soon after getting the licences and garnered around Rs 7,300 crore in the process.

The special public prosecutor, specifically appointed by the apex court to prosecute the case, however, clarified that there is no evidence or material available on record to indicate that there was any quid pro quo by Unitech (Tamil Nadu) Wireless Pvt Ltd vis-a-vis anybody or party.

"We are conscious that so far as Unitech is concerned, we have found nothing to show any money trail against them. There is no quid pro quo as far as money exchanging hands is concerned in relation to Unitech," he said.

Shahid Usman Balwa-promoted Swan Telecom got the licences which increased the value of their share tremendously, Lalit said, explaining the criminal culpability of the firm and its promoter in the case.

"The fact that Swan Telecom had licences in their pocket, the value of their share has increased so much that 40 per cent share of this company is given at around 4,000 crore. Look at the tremendous jump in their value," he said.

Concluding their month-long, day-to-day arguments on framing of charges in the 2G case on August 25, all 17 accused including Raja and DMP MP Kanimozhi, had denied having any alleged criminal culpability in the scam and had sought to be discharged from the case.

Special prosecutor Lalit, who began his arguments on July 21, had said it was Raja who had approved the grant of dual technology, 2G spectrum licences to telecom firms like ADAG's Reliance Communication and others a day before even formally inviting the applications for it.

The agency claimed there was sufficient prima facie evidence to frame charges against 17 accused under provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, dealing with criminal conspiracy and giving and accepting bribe.

Seeking discharge from the case, Kanimozhi had sought to drag Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G case threatening to make him a witness in the case.
"If the trial goes on (against her), I would summon the Prime Minister as a witness," she had submitted through her lawyer and senior advocate Sushil Kumar.

Raja too had said that he would get Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and present Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal summoned as witnesses to prove that the government did not incur any loss in the 2G spectrum allocation.