A special judge on Tuesday said it will pronounce its final verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation cases on December 21, The Economic Times reported.
Special Judge OP Saini, who has been hearing two separate cases related to the 2G spectrum scam since April 2011, adjourned Tuesday’s hearing after setting the date for the judgment. The bench ordered all the accused in the case to be present on December 21.
The CBI had investigated one of the cases and the Enforcement Directorate the other. Former Telecom Minister A Raja (pictured above) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi are among the key accused in the scam.
Reacting to Tuesday’s order, Raja said he had faith in the judiciary, while Kanimozhi said, “let’s see”, IANS reported.
In November, the court deferred the verdict to December 5, as it was not ready with the verdict. Saini had then said that the voluminous documents filed in the case were still being perused, as a result of which the ruling was not ready. The final arguments in the case were concluded on April 26.
The CBI holds that A Raja, the telecom minister during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s rule, caused huge losses to the state exchequer by undercharging telecom firms for frequency licences. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had estimated the total loss to be Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
Rajya Sabha member and DMK leader Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Sidharth Behura and Raja’s private secretary RK Chandolia are also accused in the case. All accused are out on bail.