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.
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.