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NGO petitions Special CBI Court for probe into telco executives

The agency had however,failed to name any official of the three companies in the chargesheet.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
March 14, 2013 12:35:31 am

The NGO Telecom Watchdog,on Tuesday,filed a protest petition before the Special CBI Court hearing the 2G spectrum scam cases,asking for the court to hold further enquiry into the involvement of senior officials of Airtel and Vodafone,including Bharti Airtel chief Sunil Bharti Mittal.

The CBI had on December 21 filed a chargesheet against then telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh,deceased Telecom Minister Pramod Mahajan,and the three companies,Bharti Cellular,now known as Airtel,Vodafone India then known as Hutchison Max and Vodafone Mobile,known as Sterling Cellular for causing huge loss to the exchequer by not charging additional fee for the allocation of additional spectrum to the three telecom firms in 2002.

The agency had however,failed to name any official of the three companies in the chargesheet. The CBI Court had in a hearing on March 9 pulled up the CBI for failing to identify any company officials involved in the conspiracy.

The NGO,which had filed the initial complaints to the CVC and various government agencies in 2007 on the loss caused to the government due to illegalities in the spectrum allocation to the three telecom firms,had also approached the Supreme Court in 2008 demanding investigation into the alleged scam.

The petition filed on Tuesday claims that the company had approached the CBI and the CVC with its complaints regarding the CBI chargesheet,but the agencies had not responded appropriately.

The petition,which was filed before Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Tuesday refers to internal investigation reports and file notings of the CBI and the Department of Prosecution,and alleges that though the CBI probe had “found involvement of Sunil Bharti Mittal,chairman of the Bharti Group in this case”,the department had “in an arbitrary manner disagreed with the investigation report and have opined to exonerate / drop Mittal”.

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