ED challenges acquittal of A Raja, Kanimozhi in 2G spectrum case


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved Delhi high court on Monday against the acquittal of former telecom minister A Raja, DMK legislator Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum case.

Last December, a special court in Delhi acquitted all accused in the multi-crore scam saying there was no material on record to show that A Raja was the mother lode of conspiracy.

ED, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

On the same day, the trial court had acquitted Raja, Kanimozhi and 15 others, including former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K 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, in the CBI’s 2G case.

The CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of licences for the 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the top court on February 2, 2012.



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