SC seeks govt's response to 2G scam accused plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the Centre and the CBI on a plea by 2G scam accused challenging framing of charges against them.

The high-profile trial, also involving former telecom minister A Raja and top corporate executives, has reached the final stage after completion of recording of statements by 152 witnesses.

The apex court had earlier stayed the proceedings in the Delhi High Court against charges framed against them by the trial court in 2011.

A bench of Justices H L Dattu and K S Radhakrishnan also issued notice to Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), the NGO on who’s PIL the CBI probe was ordered and 122 2G spectrum licences were cancelled on February 2, 2012, by the apex court.

The bench also asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to file affidavits on the petitions of the accused within six weeks.

Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra, three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group–Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair–are facing trial in the case.

Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV Director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are also accused in the case.

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