2G scam | Swan director accuses CBI of making vague allegations

2G scam | Swan director accuses CBI of making vague allegations

New Delhi: Vinod Goenka, a director of Swan Telecom, on Wednesday accused CBI of making “vague and unsound allegations" before a Delhi court saying no specific role has been attributed to him in the chargesheets in the 2G scam case.

Advancing his arguments against framing of charges, Goenka told special CBI judge O P Saini that he cannot be held liable for any alleged misconduct attributed to Swan Telecom merely because he was one of the directors of the company.

“Except making vague and unsound allegations against him (Goenka) in a stereo-typed manner, CBI has not referred to any role on the part of Goenka to make him liable either for conspiracy, cheating or any other offence," Goenka’s counsel K G Menon said.

Goenka said he had nothing to do with telecom business of Swan Telecom and it was managing director (MD) Shahid Usman Balwa, a co-accused in the 2G case, who was authorized by the board to look after the telephony business.

“Balwa was the MD of Swan Telecom and the board had given him the power of attorney (to proceed in telecom issue). Whatever was required to be done to obtain the (2G) licences was done by Balwa."

“He (Goenka) was not looking after the telecom business and especially in view of the specific power given to Balwa by the board, there was no occasion for Goenka to do anything with the licences," Menon said.

“I adopt the arguments of Majeed Memon (lawyer for Balwa) and my friend Sushil Kumar (counsel for A Raja)," Menon said several times during his three-hour-long arguments.

“What is the material (with CBI) to show that there was a loss? Who are they to say so? CBI is only an agency of the government and the government itself is saying there was no loss and that too in Parliament. It means there is no loss. This case goes," Menon said.