2G scam verdict: A Raja, Kanimozhi arrive at Delhi court

Former Telecom Minister A Raja leaves his residence for the Patiala House Court on December 21. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 21, 2017, 04.32 AM (IST)

Former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK Member of Parliament (MP) Kanimozhi have reached New Delhi's Patiala House Court for the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases, which rattled the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government during its second term.

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The judgement by special CBI judge OP Saini, which comes after six years, will decide the fate A Raja, Kanimozhi and several others accused in the 2007-08 case which, as per a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, caused a loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer.

The court, had directed all accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi to remain present before it for the verdict.

Former Telecom Minister A Raja is accused of allocating spectrum licenses to telecom operators at much lesser prices in return for bribes instead of allocation through a fair auctioning process. The chargesheet against him also accuses him of misleading the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The former DMK leader has denied the charges and said the decisions were taken keeping Manmohan Singh in the loop.

A Raja was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2011 following which the trial in the case commenced. He was released on bail nearly a year later.

DMK leader Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi is accused of accepting kickbacks.The CBI alleges bribes worth Rs 200 crore paid by a telecom company to A Raja was deposited in the account of a television channel partly owned by her. She has denied the accusations against her.

Kanimozhi was arrested in 2011 and released on bail the same year after spending over six months in jail.

Two cases have been filed by the CBI and another one by the Enforcement Directorate. The court is likely to pronounce its judgement in all the cases today.


 

Story highlights

Former Telecom Minister A Raja is accused of allocating spectrum licenses to telecom operators at much lesser prices in return for bribes. DMK leader Kanimozhi is accused of accepting kickbacks