2G Case: A Raja seeks quashing of charges Delhi HC issues notice to CBI
9.7.2012 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today issued notice to Central Bureau of Investigation on the plea of former telecom minister A Raja to dismiss charges against him in the 2G spectrum case as the CBI probe into the case was biased.
Justice A K Pathak sought CBI’s response within four weeks and posted the matter for September 6.
Raja, who is out on bail after having spent 15 months in jail, claimed that CBI special judge O P Saini, hearing the case, has erred in holding that there was illegality in the manner the spectrum was allocated during his tenure as the telecom minister.
Raja, who was made to resign in November 2010, was arrested in February 2011 on charges of allocating the spectrum to people known to him at very low prices causing a huge loss to the exchequer.
National auditor CAG had determined the presumptive loss at up to Rs 1.76 crore.
Alleging bias by CBI in the investigation carried out by it, Raja alleged that the probe agency did not consider the manner licenses were issued during 2003-07, the period before he issued licenses in 2008.
He said licenses issued by the department of telecommunication in 2008 when he was the minister were on same terms and conditions the 51 licenses were issued by it during 2003-07.
Raja contended that the Central Government has all along maintained in public as well as in parliament that no loss was caused by the so-called spectrum scam but the CBI judge failed to consider these facts. UNI