Delhi’s Patiala House Court has acquitted all accused in 2G case dealing a big blow to those who had hounded the then UPA government of corruption.
The accused included former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and several others. The verdict has come seven years after the first arrest was made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2011.
The stunning verdict came as an anti-climax in a case that had been repeatedly highlighted by the BJP during the 2014 general election campaign as the hallmark of corruption in the then UPA regime. The BJP turned the arbitrary award of radio frequency to telecom providers into a major political issue and put the UPA-II government on the mat.
“I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that prosecution has miserably failed to prove any of the charges against any of the accused,” Special CBI Judge OP Saini said in his verdicts in three separate cases related to the 2G scam in a packed courtroom at the Patiala House premises.
Dealing a body blow to the CAG’s and CBI’s estimation of huge loss in grant of 2G licences, judge Saini in his 1,552- page verdict in the main CBI case held that some people “artfully” arranged few selected facts and created a scam “when there was none”. In all, there were 17 accused, including Raja and Kanimozhi, both leaders of Congress ally DMK, in this case that also included three corporate entities.
The three judgements, which together ran into 2,183 pages, included the one that stemmed out of the Enforcement
One of the largest scams in India, the 2G spectrum case caused huge loss to the public exchequer.
The scam relates to the granting of 2G spectrum licence allocations in 2007-08 which caused, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, loss of Rs. 1.76 l