A special CBI court on 21 December 2017 acquitted former telecom minister and DMK leader Mr A. Raja in a case on alleged irregularities in the 2008 allocation of 2G telecom spectrum and licences.
This scam was the biggest abuse of power in the world after the Watergate scandal. Know everything about 2g scam in this article.
A short recap of 2G scam
2g Scam was one of the largest scam that tarnished the image of the UPA-2 government. It involved many politicians and officials under charging telephone companies for frequency allocation licenses which was then used to create 2G spectrum subscription.
* The Telecom scam was exposed in 2010 when the national auditor said that in 2007-2008, second generation or 2G licences had been given to telecom operators at throwaway prices without a free and fair bidding process.
* The CAG said that while issuing licenses, rules and procedures were also bent and around 122 circle-wise licences were issued.
* Raja was arrested in 2011. He was accused of cheating, forgery and conspiracy. The chargesheet also claimed that he misled former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Who all in the net?
- A Raja
- Shahid Balwa
- Siddharth Behura
- RK Chandolia
O.P Saini gave the judgement
Today’s judgement was announced by the special CBI judge OP Saini. The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly asked the Government to set up a special court to deal with the scam. As a result of which, O.P Saini was designated by the Delhi government to undertake the trial of all 2G cases.
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