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2G scam: CBI to file status report in Supreme Court


March 29, 2011 - New Delhi

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to file its final status report in the Supreme court against former Telecom Minister A Raja and some of his close aides in connection with 2G Spectrum Scam today.

The report reportedly would cover the alleged criminal conspiracy behind allocation of spectrum during 2007-08 by Raja.

The CBI and Enforcement Directorate will also place their status report of their further probe in the scam and the transcripts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's telephonic conversations tapped by the IT department before a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly.

According to reports, the extent of loss to the state exchequer may not be included in this charge sheet as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was yet to complete the process of ascertaining the loss on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008.

The CBI had earlier told the Supreme court that it would file the first chargesheet in the 2G scam against Raja and others under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for cheating and forgery by March 31.

The probe into the 2G scam has shown links between Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Kalaignar TV. Balwa was the fourth high profile person arrested in connection with the scam.

The others arrested in connection with the case are A Raja, his personal secretary RK Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behuria.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs.1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue.

ANI

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