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2G spectrum scam accused acquitted: What the CBI said in its chargesheet against them

The Central Bureau of Investigation had alleged telecom policy in 2G spectrum allocation was wrongly changed to benefit companies.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2017 13:50 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sanjay Chandra, MD of Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd, has been acquitted in the 2G case.(Sonu Mehta/ HT file photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is being criticised after its probe of the 2G scam fell apart when a special court in Delhi acquitted all accused in the case.

The CBI’s chargesheet alleged that former telecom minister A Raja, his private secretary R K Chandolia and then telecom secretary Sidharth Behura conspired to give benefits to Swan Telecom Private Limited, a company of two other accused Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka when the telecom department issed letters of intent, spectrum and Unified Access Services Licence (UASL), a policy which allowed a service provider to offer both fixed and mobile services under the same licence using any technology.

It also accused businessman Sanjay Chandra and his company Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Limited of getting similar benefit due to the conspiracy. The chargesheet alleged that Raja ensured that there will be a cut-off date for the receipt and processing of the UASL applications, so that the system can be manipulated to benefit its favoured few.

The agency further alleged that the telecom department’s ‘first come first serve policy’ was changed to ‘first compliance first serve’. It said this crucial change was not disclosed to the public but was informed only to favoured few, who had kept the required documentation ready, and thus were in a position to take advantage of the manipulation.

The agency also said Swan Telecom was basically a front company of Reliance Communications Limited which already had the UASL and under clause 8 of the UASL Guidelines it was not eligible get the UASL. Clause 8 of the UASL guidelines prohibited crossholding of more than 10 percent by a telecom company in another telecom operator company. Reliance denied the charge.

The CBI also said the government was cheated by non-revision of entry fee.

The CBI managed to find an alleged money trail in the case.

The agency said as part of the conspiracy Dynamix Realty, a partnership firm of DB Realty Limited and other DB Group companies, of Vinod Goenka paid Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV Private Limited between December 2008 and August 2009.

The money was routed through Kusegaon Fruits & Vegetables Private Limited (a DB Group company) and M/s Cineyug Films Private Limited.

The CBI filed second supplementary chargesheet in December, 2011 against Ravikant Ruia, Anshuman Ruia, IP Khaitan and Kiran Khaitan.

Besides Ruias and Khaitans, Essar group director (strategy and planning) Vikas Saraf and three companies- Loop Telecom Limited (earlier known as LoopTelecom Private Limited and Shippingstop Dot Com (India) Private Limited),Loop Mobile India Limited (earlier known as BPL Mobile Communications Limited) and Essar Teleholding Limited were also named as accused in the case.

The agency alleged that the accused cheating the department of telecommunications by using an alleged front company.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 13:48 IST