The Enforcement Directorate on Monday moved the Delhi High Court against a lower court’s acquittal of former Telecom Minister A Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum allocation case, PTI reported. A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in the national Capital had acquitted all the accused in December, citing lack of evidence.
Special CBI judge OP Saini let off all 19 accused, although he imposed a bail bond of Rs 5 lakh each to ensure their presence in a higher appellate court if the verdict was challenged.
The judge also pulled up the CBI for “misreading” the case. “There is no evidence on the record produced before the Court indicating any criminality in the acts allegedly committed by the accused persons,” he said.
In February, the Centre appointed Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta the special public prosecutor in the case after dismissing advocate Anand Grover.
On March 12, the Supreme Court directed the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to complete their investigation into the 2G spectrum allocation cases and other related matters, including the Aircel-Maxis deal, in six months.