New Delhi: A Special CBI court in New Delhi acquitted Former telecom minister in UPA government A Raja, DMK leader Kanimozhi and all other accused today in a 2G spectrum allocation scam which stirred the country politically. The special court held that the prosecution “miserably failed” to prove the charges.
In the 1,552-page order, special CBI judge OP Saini faulted the probe agency, saying the “quality of prosecution totally deteriorated and it became directionless and diffident”.
“The genesis of the case lies not so much in the actions of A Raja but in the action/inaction of others. There is no material on record to show that A Raja was mother lode of conspiracy in the instant case”.
“In the beginning, the prosecution started with the case with great enthusiasm and ardour. However, as the case progressed, it became highly cautious and guarded in its attitude making it difficult to find out as to what prosecution wanted to prove. By the end, the quality of prosecution totally deteriorated and it became directionless and diffident”.
The CBI says the evidence submitted to substantiate the charges was not “appreciated in its proper perspective by the learned court”. CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal maintained that CBI will appeal against special court verdict in 2G case in Delhi HC.
Cheered up by the verdict, the DMK and the Congress say the entire case was a “massive conspiracy” and “propaganda”.
Former UPA ministers Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Veerappa Moily have demanded that former CAG Vinod Rai — who had pegged the loss to the exchequer at Rs 1.76 lakh crore — be held accountable.
However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the Congress shouldn’t treat the verdict as a “badge of honour”. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, a private complainant in the case, wants the CBI to appeal against the acquittals in High Court.
Former PM Manmohan Singh reacts to the 2G verdict. “I do not want to boast (about) anything. The court’s judgment has to be respected. I am glad that the court has pronounced unambiguously. All the massive propaganda which was being done against the UPA was without any foundation. The judgment speaks for itself.”
The trial in 2G spectrum scam started six years ago in 2011 after the court had framed charges against 17 accused in the CBI case for offences that entailed punishment ranging from six months to life imprisonment.
The 2G verdict is the second such big blow to the probe agency following Rajesh and Nupur Talwar’s acquittal in the Aarushi Talwar murder case.