2G probe: CVC asks status report from CBI, IT and ED

2G probe: CVC asks status report from CBI, IT and ED

 Chiefs of CBI, Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate have been called by the Central Vigilance Commission to give a detailed update on their probe in the 2G case and discuss the way forward for investigations.

The CBI, which has arrested former telecom minister A Raja and 13 others and booked three companies, will make its presentation tomorrow, official sources said.
While the ED is scheduled to make its submissions on February 22, the Income Tax Department will do so on February 24.

"The officials have been called to discuss the probe in 2G matter. They will be giving a detailed presentation before the Commission," the sources said.

The trial in the 2G case involves 17 accused, including three companies -- Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom and Unitech Ltd.

Besides Raja, his former private secretary R K Chandolia, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV's MD Sharad Kumar are facing trial.
The special court had also framed charges against six corporate honchos - Reliance ADAG Group Managing Director Gautam Doshi, its senior Vice President Hari Nair, Group President Surendra Pipara, Shahid Usman Balwa, Vinod Goenka and Sanjay Chandra.

The others facing trial are Bollywood producer Karim Morani, directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal.

All the 17 have been charged under various provisions of the IPC for criminal breach of trust, conspiracy, cheating, forgery and the Prevention of Corruption Act. Barring Raja and Behura, all are out on bail.

The meeting comes in the wake of a Supreme Court direction to the CBI to file status reports on its ongoing probe in the spectrum case to the CVC.

The apex court had on February 2 cancelled 122 2G licences given to telecom companies, holding that they were issued in a "totally arbitrary and unconstitutional manner".

The apex court had also asked the government to initiate a process to allot fresh licences based on auction of spectrum.