Sunday, March 27, 2011

2G scam: CBI to file first chargesheet against Raja, others

New Delhi: The CBI will file this week its first charge sheet into the 2G spectrum scam against former Telecom Minister A Raja and some of his close aides besides a couple of real estate companies for allegedly defrauding the exchequer and entering into a criminal conspiracy in securing the telecom licenses.
CBI sources, however, said the extent of loss to the state exchequer may not be included in this charge sheet as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) was yet to complete the process of ascertaining the loss on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008.
The sources said that the charge sheet would cover the alleged criminal conspiracy behind allocation of spectrum during 2007-08 by Raja, the then telecom minister.
The charge sheet will be filed in a special court of Justice O P Saini, which is expected to be started from Tuesday as the Centre has already informed the Supreme Court about the same. CBI had last year informed the SC that it would be filing the first set of charge sheets by March 31 which will include the investigations made by the agency as well as by the Enforcement Directorate in the case.
The charge sheet comes at a time when Tamil Nadu is going for the Assembly polls, and Raja is a member of the ruling DMK in the state. PTI

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