Former CAG chief Vinod Rai in his report in 2010 had said the scam had cost the Union exchequer Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Photograph:( Reuters )
In a 1552-page verdict, Patiala House court special judge OP Saini said there was "no evidence of Raja's no-holds-barred immersion in any wrongdoing, conspiracy or corruption."
The judge in his report said many facts in the chargesheet were "factually incorrect", like "finance secretary strongly recommending revision of entry fee, deletion of a clause of draft LOI of Raja, recommendations of TRAI for revision of entry fee etc."
The judge added: "I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove any charge against any of the accused, made in its "well choreographed chargesheet".
"There is no evidence on the record produced before the Court indicating any criminality in the acts allegedly committed by the accused persons relating to fixation of cutoff date, manipulation of first-come, first-served policy, allocation of spectrum to dual technology applicants, ignoring ineligibility of STPL and Unitech group of companies and Unitech group of companies, non-revision of entry fee and transfer of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV," the court verdict said.
"The chargesheet of the instant case is based mainly on misreading, selective reading, non-reading and out of the context reading of official records," it said.
The verdict said the chargesheet was based on "oral statements" made by witnesses during the investigation, which the witnesses did not own up in the witness-box.
"There is no material evidence on record to show that Raja was the motherlode of conspiracy in the case," the judgement said.
All 17 accused in the 2G scam, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and three companies, have been acquitted of corruption charges. (ANI)