2G Scam Verdict: Special CBI Court Acquits All Accused

| December 21 , 2017 , 11:10 IST

The Patiala House Court in Delhi pronounced the much awaited verdict on the 2G scam cases acquitting all the accused in the 2G scam case.

Special Judge Om Prakash Saini pronounced the judgement on cases filed by the CBI and ED stating that the prosecution has completely failed to prove the charges. There were scenes of jubilation inside the court with some of the accused in tears, hugging each other.

The matter came to light when the CAG, then headed by Vinod Rai came out with a report that said the licences awarded by the telecom department were given away at throwaway prices, resulting in a loss of Rs 1.75 lakh crore to the exchequer of the government. The trial in 2G spectrum scam started six years ago in 2011 after the court had framed charges against 17 accused in the CBI case for offences that entailed punishment ranging from six months to life imprisonment.

Former Telecom Minister A.Raja was accused of having taken bribes to arbitrarily change the rules to benefit certain companies and individuals. He allegedly changed the cut-off date for the application for a licence and sold the spectrum at price charged in 2001 ignoring the advice of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and TRAI to defer the allocation of 2G spectrum by a few days. In its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and the others, the CBI had alleged there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in the allocation of all the licences for 2G spectrum.

In 2012, the Supreme Court of India cancelled all the licenses allotted during Raja’s tenure. The minister was already in jail then, having been charged with forgery, criminal conspiracy and various other provisions under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act back in 2010.