The Enforcement Directorate on Monday told the Supreme Court that it was not in a position to confirm or deny charges that Telecom Minister A. Raja was involved in the alleged R 70,000 crore scam.
It, however, said the investigations were on against the companies that were alleged to have violated foreign exchange norms in the 2008 award of telecom licences.
In a response identical to CBI, the ED said it was conducting a fair and impartial probe into the alleged irregularities and that it was not filing a detailed affidavit at this stage as it was not in a position to confirm or deny the allegations.
A bench comprising Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice A.K. Ganguly had, on September 13, wanted to know how the CBI did not know against whom the investigations were on, despite continuing the process for several months and filing an FIR against unknown telecom ministry officials.
Replying to this, the CBI had asserted that it was probing the matter in a “fair and impartial” manner and that it was not in a position at this stage to deny or agree with the charges.
The ED’s submission was made in connection with a case filed by some NGOs alleging financial irregularities by Raja in connivance with certain middlemen including corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in allocation of 2G licences in 2008.
The allegation is that licences were given at throwaway prices, enabling some companies to part sell at a huge valuation.
Reacting to the petition that was filed earlier this month, Raja had said that the entire controversy was politically motivated.
“...my (ED) not filing detailed affidavit at this stage may not be deemed to be admission of any of the contentions urged which I hereby deny. I further beg to submit that the investigations are being carried out in a fair and impartial manner,” said the ED officer who filed the affidavit.
Along with Raja, names of certain public servants, middlemen and corporate lobbyist Radia, surfaced for their alleged involvement in the conspiracy for granting Unified Access Service (telecom) licences.