2G Spectrum: CBI court acquits all accused, Vinod Rai under fire

In the much awaited verdict on 25 Spectrum Scam, the Special CBI Court acquitted all accused including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi.

The case pertains to difference in money collected and mandated to be collected by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)of India at 1.76 trillion rupees.

Judge OP Saini said the prosecution has failed to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Former UPA ministers have been quick to target CAG Vinod Rai who claimed loss of 1.75 lakh crore to govt exchequer.

“I have always maintained there is no scam. It was a scam by Vinod Rai. We stand vindicated” said Kapil sibal. Vinod Rai should apologise to the nation, said Manish Tewari.

The 2G spectrum started in 2011 after the court framed charges against 17 accused in the CBI case for offences that invited punishment ranging from six months to lifer.

Apart from Raja and Kanimozhi, those acquitted  include former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary RK Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani.

Meanwhile BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy, a private complainant in the case, said CBI should appeal against acquittals in the High Court.

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