New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it will file the main chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam against former telecom minister A Raja and two companies before 31 March.
It said “this is the beginning” and many supplementary chargesheets will be filed later.
The CBI’s latest report revealed that it is probing the eligibility of Loop Telecom to have applied for licences. It also said it was looking into a company which has connections with Vodafone. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) report also makes many mentions of this company.
The CBI said it was investigating security angles and had a report from the director general of civil aviation. There is also a company being examined for its connections with a Chinese company for importing equipment. Other telcos have also imported equipment from the same Chinese company.
Charges of forgery are on the radar of the investigators as well, said K.K Venugopal, CBI’s lawyer.
Venugopal also said the CBI has questioned 44 witnesses as on 14 March and that the agency was examining the building occupied by Voltas (a Tata Group company) in Chennai. This is in connection with allegations of quid pro quo between Raja’s party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (DMK), and the Tata Group chief, Ratan Tata.
The court, in its order, directed the investigating agency to place before it transcripts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s telephonic conversation tapped by the IT department on the next date of hearing on 29 March.
It also asked the CBI and the ED to place the probe reports before it on that day.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati told the court that the special court for the exclusive trial of the case would be formed by the central government by 29 March, so that the chargesheet could be filed there. He said the Delhi High Court had nominated an additonal sessions judge, who according to reports is special CBI judge O.P Saini.
The apex court also directed Venugopal to recommend a special public prosecutor for the trial. Venugopal said the agency had a panel of prosecutors already, but said in prominent cases like this one, an eminent senior criminal lawyer could be appointed.
PTI also contributed to this story