CBI files chargesheet in 2G spectrum case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed its first chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam . The chargesheet was filed in the special court of CBI judge O.P. Saini. Former Telecom minister A Raja has been charged with criminal conspiracy, forgery, cheating and corruption.

Raja’s private secretary R K Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa have also been chargesheeted. Other corporate honchos chargesheeted in the case are Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka, Director Unitech Wireless Sanjay Chandra.

Nine persons and three companies have been chargesheeted under various provisions of IPC including cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

CBI sources, however, said the extent of loss to the state exchequer may not be included in this chargesheet as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was yet to complete the process of ascertaining the loss on allocation of spectrum to all operators between 2001 and 2008.

The CBI had last year informed the apex court that it would be filing the first set of charge sheet by March 31 which will include the investigations made by the agency as well as by the Enforcement Directorate in the case. But it sought two more days time in the light of some new developments.

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