August 11, 2020
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Going On A Loop

The CBI probe has been a tad unsavoury so far

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Going On A Loop
Apoorva Salkade
Going On A Loop

The Central Bureau of Investigation continues to bear the brunt of informed and public ire on the tardy progress in the 2G spectrum scam. The agency, which has filed two chargesheets in the case so far, was supposed to file many more, involving other companies, persons and issues in the case. Like, for instance, the matters relating to Loop Telecom and Essar. As well as the issue of dual technology—which was allowed against established policy. But these are yet to happen months after the initial chargesheets were submitted.

In fact, there has even been muted criticism of the fresh charges—of criminal breach of trust—the CBI has filed against former telecom minister A. Raja and the others charged thus far. Filed under Section 409 of the IPC, the new charges could keep Raja behind bars for life, and could even force him to turn approver. But given this move has come even as the initial charges against the accused were being admitted—thus delaying the case further—it has raised eyebrows.

Last week, the investigating agency once again gave home minister P. Chidambaram a clean chit. And apart from absolving Videocon of any wrongdoing, it also exonerated the Tata Group on the issue of land given to the DMK family and said that Tata Teleservices was an “incidental beneficiary” in the 2G spectrum allocation. The agency has also asserted that it will probe into Reliance ADAG in context of Swan Telecom. The CBI is expected to file fresh charges in the coming weeks involving some key people involved in the scam. It’s going to be a long haul for the accused seeking bail.

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