All accused in 2G case acquitted….reports Asian Lite News
A Delhi court on Thursday acquitted all the accused in the alleged multi-thousand crore rupee 2G spectrum scandal.
Special Judge O.P. Saini acquitted all the accused, including then Telecom Minister A. Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, in both the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The alleged scam on the issuance of licences and allocation of 2G spectrum by the Department of Telecom occurred during the Congress-led UPA government’s first tenure in 2008 but was widely reported in 2010 following a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose image took a battering due to the 2G spectrum allocation scandal, said the court’s verdict acquitting all accused has proved that all the “massive propaganda against the UPA was without any foundation”.
“We respect the court’s judgement,” Singh told reporters.
Asked if he felt vindicated, Singh said: “I don’t want to boast anything. I think the court’s judgment has to be respected, and I am glad that the court has pronounced unambiguously that all these massive propaganda that has been against the UPA was without any foundation.”
“The judgment speaks for itself,” he added on being asked about the case.
Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the acquittal of all the accused in the 2G scam vindicated then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA’s stand that there was no scam in the allocation of spectrum and licences to telecom companies.
“Manmohan Singh and the UPA government stand vindicated today,” Sibal said.
Sibal sought an apology from Vinod Rai who as then Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had in his telecom audit report estimated a massive presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer by allocating 2G spectrum licences at allegedly throwaway prices.
The Congress leader said Rai must also apologise to the nation “as the telecom industry is in dire straits today and thanks to him and the then opposition (BJP)”.
Sibal, who succeeded Raja after the DMK leader was forced to resign, also sought an apology from the BJP that had accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of shielding the corrupt.
“They (the BJP) must apologise as they attacked the (then) Prime Minister, and the Congress in the Lok Sabha as well as in Rajya Sabha. Today’s verdict clears the government position as vindicated.”
DMK leaders hailed the decision of the Delhi court to acquit all the accused in the alleged multi-thousand crore rupee 2G spectrum scandal.
The accused included DMK leaders includes former Telecom Minister A.Raja and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, the daughter of party President M.Karunanidhi.
Cadres assembled at the party headquarters and celebrated the verdict. Welcoming the verdict, Puducherry Chief Minister and Congress leader V. Narayanasamy told the media that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gained political milegage due to its false campaign against Congress and DMK.
The CBI said it will decide on its future course of action after reading the detailed judgement of the special court which acquitted all the 18 accused in the alleged multi-thousand crore rupee 2G spectrum scandal.
“We are waiting for the detailed judgement. Once we receive the copy we will examine it and take legal opinion and then decide on our next course of action,” Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told reporters.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slammed the Congress for treating the 2G spectrum scam case verdict as a “badge of honour”, saying the UPA’s policy of spectrum allocation was “corrupt and dishonest”.
“Congress leaders are treating this judgement as some kind of a badge of honour and a certification that it was an honest policy,” Jaitley told reporters outside Parliament.
“This was a corrupt and dishonest policy, which has already been upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012,” he said.
The Telecom stocks rose during post-noon trade session after the Delhi court acquitted all the accused in the case. At 12.40 p.m., scrip of Reliance Communications rose by 9.15 per cent to Rs 18.85 from its previous close.
Similarly, stock of Idea Cellular gained by 3.72 per cent to Rs 101.70.
In addition, share price of real estate major Unitech, which was alleged to have been involved in the scam rose by 12.99 per cent to Rs 8.00.