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Hearing of charges in 2G case may begin next week

Posted by on July 6, 2011 0 Comment

A Delhi court is likely to start hearing arguments on the framing of charges in the 2G case next week, in which a minister, a lawmaker, top government officials and senior company executives are accused and arrested. Special CBI judge OP Saini on Tuesday said framing of charges could commence from July 11, after defence counsel Majid Memon asked the court about the tentative schedule for beginning arguments on framing of charges.

“From next Monday (July 11), we can start arguments on charges (in the case),” the judge said. He also warned the prosecution and the defence that the court would impose a fine if they failed to complete the process of scrutiny and supply of documents at the earliest. The court has repeatedly asked the parties involved to complete scrutiny of documents since arrests were made after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed charge sheets.

“The court can impose fine if this process (read supply of relied-upon documents ) is not completed,” the judge added. Raja’s personal secretary RK Chandolia , Reliance ADAG officials Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd director Sanjay Chandra, Reliance Telecom and Swan Telecom submitted that they may also be supplied with documents filed by the CBI along with the charge sheet but not “relied upon” . The advocates said that the CBI had not provided them all the documents which they had filed with the charge sheet.

“The CBI is not giving us all the documents . It is hard to explain in this case that which is a ‘relied-upon’ document and which is a ‘non-relied-upon’ document ,” a defence counsel said. The court would decide on their applications on Wednesday. Former telecoms minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi have been arrested along with 13 others in the case, considered the most high profile scam in recent memory.

Raja’s personal secretary RK Chandolia , former telecoms secretary Siddhartha Behura, three Reliance ADAG officials , Unitech Wireless (TN) Ltd director, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, promoters of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Asif Balwa and Cineyug Films have also been arrested in the case. Raja has been accused of conspiring with corporate executives to grant licenses and airwaves to companies that the CBI claims were ineligible resulting in losses of up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. The government officials and corporate executives have been accused of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and criminal misconductThe CBI’s second charge sheet alleged that Swan Telecom and Dynamix Realty Promoters – Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka – channeled Rs 200 crore to the DMK family-run Kalaignar TV, through Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Karim Morani’s Cineyug Films. Economic Times

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