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ED moves Delhi HC over 2G spectrum case

ED moves Delhi HC over 2G spectrum case”

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the special 2G court order acquitting former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in a money-laundering case in connection with 2G spectrum allocation case. The court had also ordered release of attached properties in the case worth Rs 223 crore.

The ED pointed out that the offence of money laundering is a "separate, independent and stand alone offence" as cited by several Supreme Court judgements.

He said, "I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove any charge against any of the accused", adding, "There is no evidence on the record produced before the Court indicating any criminality in the acts allegedly committed by the accused persons".

"The Special Judge very casually ignored the proved evidence through documents as well as supported by the testimony of the witnesses that Rs 43.75-crore cash was given for the accommodation by taking cheque of the equal amount", the ED said arguing that the judge totally ignored the testimonies of witnesses and documents establishing the Rs 200-crore money trail from Shahid Balwa's telecom firm to the DMK-run Kalaignar TV.

When the CAG exposed the extent of the fraud, KTV tried to return the bribe using another set of companies, a circutious web and banking channels. Ltd promoter Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd managing director Sanjay Chandra, Essar Group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia, its director (strategy and planning) Vikas Saraf, Loop Telecom Pvt. The fund transfer in this case, too, followed a maze of companies, some of them located in Mauritius.

Trial in the case had been going on for more than six years before the much-awaited verdict by a special CBI Court headed by Justice O.P. Saini was delivered on 21st December last year.

The city court had also acquitted Raja, Kanimozhi and 15 others, including former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary RK Chandolia in the CBI case in the 2G scam.

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