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Courtesy: expressbuzz.com / Last Updated : 01 Sep 2011 05:15:17 PM IST.
NEW DELHI: Former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran has been given a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The CBI submitted its progress report in the 2G scam case before the Supreme Court claiming that there was prima facie no element of coercion found in licences issued between 2001 and 2007, thus giving a clean chit to former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran .
The investigating agency told the two-judge bench of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly that Loop Telecom is a front company for Essar and both companies are guilty of cheating.
In its report the CBI also mentioned that licences granted during the tenure of former telecom minister Arun Shourie should be investigated and the then finance minister Jaswant Singh should be questioned.
Shourie and Singh were ministers in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
During the hearing on August 24, the CBI had informed the court that it has filed chargesheets has against 17 persons including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozi. It had said that a third chargesheet would be filed by September 15.
Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, other accused in the case include Unitech Wireless Managing Director Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom's Director Vinod Goenka, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, Raja's former personal secretary R K Chandolia, DMK-run Kalaignar TV's MD Sharad Kumar, Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group's executives Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surrendra Pipara.
The other accused persons included Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, his cousin Asif Balwa and their colleague Rajeev Agarwal. The accused also included three telecom firms Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom and Unitech (Tamil Nadu) Wireless Ltd.
All the accused have pleaded that they have not done anything wrong and refuted the charge of drawing illegal benefits in the 2G spectrum allocation.
The Supreme Court has been monitoring the investigations on a plea of an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on whose petition it had directed the CBI probe the scam.