A special CBI court here is likely to commence tomorrow the recording of statements of the accused, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Special CBI judge O P Saini, who had earlier supplied the draft questionnaire containing 1,718 questions running into 824 pages to the 17 accused, including Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG), had fixed the matter for tomorrow.

The special court, constituted to deal exclusively with the 2G scam related cases, is also scheduled to start tomorrow the recording of statements of the accused, including promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom, facing trial in a case arising out of the probe into the radiowave scam.

In the case involving the promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom, the court had given a questionnaire having 645 questions each and running into 308 pages to the eight accused.

CBI had filed a charge-sheet against them, alleging that they had cheated the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) by using Loop Telecom as a “front” to secure 2G licences in 2008.

Essar Group promoters Ravi Ruia and Anshuman Ruia, Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan, her husband I P Khaitan and Essar Group Director (Strategy and Planning) Vikash Saraf are facing trial in the case along with three firms — Loop Telecom Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding Ltd.

All of them have denied the charges levelled by CBI after a probe into the 2G spectrum case.

In the case involving Raja and 16 others, the court had on November 27 last year concluded the recording of prosecution evidence after the deposition of CBI’s Superintendent of Police Vivek Priyadarshi, the chief investigating officer, got over.

The court had recorded the statements of 153 CBI witnesses, including Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina Ambani, former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Attorney General G E Vahanvati, running into over 4,400 pages.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra, RADAG executives — Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair — are facing trial in the case.

(This article was published on May 4, 2014)
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