The acquittal of former Telecom Minister A Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum allocation case didn't sit well with the Central Bureau of Investigation, in retaliation of which, the agency moved Delhi High Court on Monday. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar will hear the case on Wednesday.
"Special Judge committed grave error by acquitting the accused in the offence of Prevention of Money Laundering on the basis of acquittal in the CBI case and without applying mind and considering the offence under PMLA, as a separate, independent and stand-alone offence to be tried and adjudicated", the ED added. "The judgement of trial court (Delhi) was examined legally and it was found that there are strong grounds for an appeal". According to report, nearly all the accused in the 2G scam were present in the court today.
The first case, prosecuted by the CBI, had 17 accused, while the second, pursued by the Enforcement Directorate, had 19 undertrials.
The agency said it appealed to the high court as the evidence adduced to substantiate the charges by the prosecution was not appreciated in its proper perspective by the special court. The 2G spectrum allocation scam was one of the biggest ever scam which had taken place during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime and caused the public ex-exchequer a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore, according to a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report.
The ED had claimed that Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters had transferred Rs 200 crore to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, which investigators claimed was done in connection with the allocation of 2G spectrum to the former.
Earlier on March 12, the Supreme Court directed the CBI and ED to complete probes and close all cases related to the 2G scam within six months.