5 corporate honchos go to jail in 2G scam

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Five senior corporate executives who were co-accused in the second generation (2G) telecom spectrum case were sent to 14 days of judicial custody Wednesday after Special Judge O.P Saini denied them bail and interim relief, IANS reported.

Those whose bail pleas were dismissed are: Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, Sanjay Chandra of Unitech and three officials of Reliance Anil Dhirubhani Ambani Group -Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has named them co-accused, along with former telecom minister A. Raja, his personal aide R.K. Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa. These four are already in judicial custody. The former minister was arrested in the national capital on Feb 2, along with Behura and Chandolia. A. Raja and eight others were also presented in a city court in New Delhi on Wednesday in connection with the alleged scam.

The judge said, “There are serious allegation against the applicants. There is incriminating evidence on record. The CBI has expressed apprehension that the accused may tamper with evidence by trying to win over witnesses and they may flee from justice”.

“These apprehension cannot be dismissed as too farfetched at this stage, in the light of serious nature of the case”.

As soon as bail was declined, all the five moved pleas for some interim relief before the court, saying 7-15 days may be given to them so that they can approach a higher court, as they were not arrested during investigations.

“I am not inclined to pass any order regarding status quo or grant of interim bail at this stage as prayed,” the judge said. “All the five should be taken into custody and sent to Tihar Jail. They need to appear before the court throughout the trial.”

Supreme Court appointed prosecutor U.U. Lalit who appeared for the premier investigative agency opposed the bail pleas. Former additional solicitor general Mukul Rohatgi appeared for Goenka, K.T.S. Tulsi for Chandra, Seema Gulati for Nair, Ranjit Kumar for Doshi, and Hariharan for Pipara.

In the formal charges running into some 80,000 pages including annexures filed with the special CBI court, also named as co-accused were three firms — Unitech, Swan Telecom and Reliance Telecom.

Among these corporates, Unitech was represented by S.S. Gandhi, Swan by Amit Desai and Sidharth Patnaik, and Reliance Telecom by Manali Singh with authorised representative Nitin Aggarwal.

All the counsel for the accused argued that since their clients were not arrested for past two years, charges had already been officially filed and they had also cooperated with the CBI, they were entitled to bail.

Raja, his aide and officials from the Department of Telecom (DoT) face charges for their roles in the award of scarce radio frequency. The former minister also faces charges of forgery, while Chandolia and Behura have been accused of misusing official position.



  • Satish Chandra

    The biggest corruption scandal in India is C.I.A. rule over India through RAW and C.I.A.-RAW’s control of India’s prime ministers, politicians and media. The Indian press has been full of headlines like “Indian-American wins Pulitzer prize for book on cancer”. What is so great about a history of cancer? Has he found a cure for cancer? I have. The entire physiology of an organism can be conceived of as a network of interlinked biological clocks. The disease process in cancer involves changes in biological clocks. In my laboratory research with rats I discovered a way to drastically modify biological clocks at a very fundamental level which provides a way to alter the disease process in cancer, as well as do other things such as drastic changes in perception. The physical world or a particular physical object is a collection of properties (color, size, shape, etc.) which are products of perception formed during phylogenesis (evolution of the species) and ontogenesis (conditioning during the life of a particular organism). Miraculous acts of Indian Yogis in altering both their own physiology (such as living on little or no food) and properties of the physical world (such as overcoming gravity or walking through walls as Deepak Chopra, M.D. described seeing Maharishi Mahesh Yogi do in one of his books) are a matter of altering biological clocks, such as drastically slowing down breathing rate. I am India’s expert in strategic defence, the father of India’s strategic program including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and the world’s greatest scientist and my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.’ which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title describes how C.I.A.-RAW keep India poor, weak and enslaved by suppressing the best and rewarding the mediocre: “India’s greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India’s RAW and India’s C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media” and how this means the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States. Within the above blog look for ‘How India’s Economy Can Grow 30% Per Year Or More’ and ‘What You Should Know About RAW’.

    Satish Chandra

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