The Delhi High Court has ordered replies from former Telecom Minister A Raja and others on pleas filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate challenging their acquittal in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases, on Thursday, PTI reported.
On December 21, 2017, a special court had acquitted Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders Raja and Kanimozhi among others in the case. The case was about the CBI alleging the exchequer to have lost Rs 30,984 crore because of the way licences for the 2G spectrum were allocated when Raja was the Union telecom minister. Apart from Raja and Kanimozhi, others who were acquitted in the case include former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Managing Director of DB Realty Vinod Goenka, film producer Karim Morani and Kalaignar TV Director Sharad Kumar in the Enforcement Directorate case.
Also, the CBI had requested moving the date of the hearing of an appeal challenging the acquittal of Essar Group promoters Ravi Kant Ruia and Anshuman Ruia and six others in a different case of the 2G scam inquiry.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for both the investigating agencies, said that the 2G scam trial was conducted at the cost of the exchequer and asked that the leave of the appeal of the agencies be brought to its logical conclusion at the earliest.
He further went on to add that he had finished his arguments but the case could not be heard in view of the coronavirus pandemic. There was a further appeal for a quick hearing and decision of the case considering the fact that Justice Brijesh Sethi, who was hearing the case, was retiring on November 30 and a hearing afresh would cost a lot of money to the exchequer as well as be a waste of judicial time.