CBI special court in Delhi will on Thursday likely pronounce the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case, nearly seven years after the first arrest was made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2011.

Special Correspondent

The 2G spectrum case is basically a combination of three cases two registered by the CBI and one by the Enforcement Directorate.

The first case concerns prosecution launched by the CBI against former Union telecom minister A Raja and others for criminal conspiracy and misuse of official position by public servants. The second CBI case is the Essar-Loop case against Essar and its promoters.

The third is a Rs 200 crore prevention of money laundering case registered by the ED against Raja and other individuals and companies.

The main charges:
A Raja, along with Sidharath Behura, RK Chandolia, conspired to give benefits to private accused persons in the issuance of letters of intent, unified access services licences (UASL) and spectrum by the Department of Telecom.

A Raja ensured there would be a cut-off date on the receipt and processing of the UASL applications, so that the system can be manipulated to benefit favoured few.

The first come first serve policy was changed to a first compliance first serve one. The change was not disclosed to the public but was informed only to a favoured few, who had kept everything ready, and thus, were in a position to take advantage of the manipulation, thereby getting LOIs, UASL and spectrum, though they were not eligible for the same.

The accused :
A Raja, former telecom minister
Sidharath Behura, former telecom secretary
RK Chandolia, IES officer, PS to telecom minister
Shahid Usman Balwa, managing director, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, now Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt ltd
Vinod Goenka, director of Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and managing director of DB Realty
Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd
Sanjay Chandra, manging director, Unitech Ltd
Unitech Wireless Ltd (Tamil Nadu)
Gautam Doshi, group managing director, Reliance ADA group
Surendra Pipara, group president, Reliance ADA group
Hari Nair, vice president, Reliance ADA group
Reliance Telecom Ltd
Asif Balwa, director, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd
Rajiv Agarwal, director Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd
Karim Morani, director, MIS Cineyug Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
Sharad Kumar, director/promoter, Kalaignar TV Pvt. Ltd
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, director/promoter, Kalaignar TV Pvt. Ltd
Ravi Kant Ruia, vice chairman, Essar group
Anshuman Ruia, promoter, Essar group
IP Khaitan, promoter, Khaitan group
Kiran Khaitan, former director, Santa Trading pvt ltd
Vikash Saraf, director strategy, Essar
Loop Telecom Ltd
Loop Mobile Ltd
Essar Teleholding Ltd

The witnesses:
The late GE Vahanvati, former attorney general of India
Nripendra Mishra, former TRAI chairman, now principal secretary to the Prime Minister
DS Mathur, former DoT secretary
T K Vishwanathan, law secretary, ministry of law and justice
Dr D Subba Rao, former governor, Reserve Bank of India, ex-finance secretary, government of India
Anil D Ambani, chairman, Reliance Group and his wife, Tina A Ambani
Dayalu Karunanidhi, wife of DMK leader M Karunanidhi
Niira Radia, corporate lobbyist

The outcome of the case on the date of polling of RK nagar constituency due to the death of ADMK chief minisiter Jayalalithaa is expected to create political ripples across not only Tamilnadu but through out India.