Ahmedabad: The special court in New Delhi hearing the 2G spectrum allocation scam case on Thursday acquitted former Union telecom minister A. Raja and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, over six years after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made the first arrests in the case in 2011.
The court acquitted Raja and Kanimozhi, both members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), and the others accused in the case after directing them to remain present before it on Thursday. Kanimozhi is the daughter of DMK chief M. Karunanidhi.
The court also ordered those acquitted to furnish bail bonds of Rs5 lakh each to ensure their presence if its verdict is challenged in a higher court. The CBI said it is awaiting a copy of the judgement and will decide on further action after that.
“It was false case. For the past two assembly elections, the case was used against us. Now it has been proved to be wrong,” DMK leader R.S. Bharathi said after the verdict.
The case relates to the allocation of second-generation (2G) telecom spectrum and licences in 2007-08, which a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said caused a loss of Rs1.76 lakh crore of the exchequer. It was among the major corruption scandals that came to light during the second term of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government headed by Manmohan Singh.
“We are relieved of the huge tension we had. What kept us going was that we knew all along that the law of the land will be upheld. We knew that if there will be a fair trial, it will give us justice,” said Hussain Balwa, the brother of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, one of those acquitted in the case.