Thursday, 29 September 2011

Role of Anil Ambani under scanner : CBI to Supreme Court

CBI today informed the Supreme Court that it is probing alleged involvement of Anil Ambani in 2G scam. It also inforemed that the three Reliance executives Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surender Pipara may soon turn approver.Videocon Industries-owned Datacom on the other hand has been given a clean chit.

Continuing their arguments for the third consecutive day, CBI counsel K K Venugopal tried to respond to questuons raised by Prashant Bhushan and Subramanium Swamy.

According to CBI, "..the finance minister himself could not have cancelled licenses. DoT had taken the decision of grant of licenses.It was a decision which has to be taken by the govt itself..."

During the arguments CBI also informed a bench of Justice G S Singhvi and Justice A K Ganguli that Tata Teleservices was not favoured by former Telecom Minister A Raja.
Rather Tata Group was a loser in spectrum allocation because of Raja's conspiracy with other co-accused in 2G scam

Objecting to the stand taken by CBI Prashant Bhushan referred to an unsolicited advice of the DoT defining the term ''associate''. Bhushan alleged that this opinion was used by the accused in their favour saying that Swan was not related to Reliance and Loop was not related to Essar. ''

CBI also referred to allegation that land was given by Tatas to DMK family. According to CBI that said land still belongs to Voltas and a litigation on its lease is still pending in Madras High Court.

Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati also got a reprive from CBI. Venugopal argued before the Supreme Court that it was incorrect to suggest that A Raja did everything on the opinion of Vahanvati. Venugopal argued that it would be difficult for the law officers of the government if they fear that they will me made co conspirators in case it turns out that the decision was taken due to extraneous consideration.

Home Minister P Chidambaram got a temporary relief as the matter has been adjourned to 10 october. The CBI counsel K K Venugopal and Centre's counsel P P Rao are yet to finish their arguments.

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