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Indian Government puts Hurdles in 2G Telecom Case Fails as Supreme Court orders Daily Hearings from April 13,Second Chargesheet on April 24

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The Government of India has been trying to put hurdles in the 2G Telecom Scam case right from Day 1.Its blatant shielding of the rich and powerful involved in the massive billion dollar corruption involving ruling party alliance members and top corporate houses has been apparent.The proof of the government malintentions was India’s top court taking over the supervision of the investigation agency CBI with itself.This was a major slap for the government as CBI falls under the authority of the Home Ministry.With the CBI having filed a chargesheet which names the former Telecom Minister Raja and some billionaire businessmen,the government is again trying its stalling tactics.The government and its representative lawyers did not agree to the name of U U Lalit as special public prosecutor.Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaising raised objections despite K K Venugopal, who has been appearing on behalf of CBI and ED suggesting his name.

The 2G Telecom Scam case will start hearings from April 13 with hearings to be held daily and the Second Chargesheet which will name more people will be filed on April 24.Note many prominent names will figure in the second chargesheet it is expected.The Supreme Court has performed extraordinarily well in the 2G Telecom Case where the government,the attorney generals and the investigative agencies have failed to live up to their roles.The Court has had to take the burden on itself while the government shamelessly is putting more hurdles instead of bringing the guilty to justice.

Names of the People in the 1st CBI 2G Telecom Scam Chargesheet

  1. Former Telecom Minister and DMK LeaderRaja
  2. Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura
  3. Raja’s personal secretary R K Chandolia,
  4. Shahid Usman Balwa (DB Realty)
  5. Sanjay Chandra (Unitech MD)
  6. Vinod Goenka, a Director of Mumbai-based DB Realty
  7. Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara ( Reliance Telecom Company. )

SC for day-to-day trial without adjournment in the 2G case

Brushing aside Centre’s objections, the Supreme Court on Friday said it would pass an order for the appointment of senior advocate U U Lalit as special public prosecutor for holding the trial of former Telecom Minister A Raja and others in the 2G spectrum case on a day-to-day basis without any adjournments.The Centre raised technical objections to Lalit’s appointment saying that he should have worked under the state or the Union government for at least seven years to be eligible as the case has been filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The bench also directed the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to brief it about their second stage of probe into the scam after the CBI filed its first chargesheet in the case on April 2 in the special court.

Venugopal said that the second charge sheet regarding bribery angle in the scam will be filed before April 24.


Abhishek Shah

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