The Supreme Court on 18 November refused to stay the trial in the 2G case relating to Indian Penal Code offences and under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against former Telecom Minister A. Raja and 18 others.
A special court on October 31 framed charges against Mr. Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu Ammal, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka in the money-laundering case. The court said prima facie, charge of money laundering had been made out against all 19 accused charge sheeted by the Enforcement Directorate.
The charge sheet had named 10 individuals and nine firms in the case saying the transaction of Rs. 200 crore, which was allegedly paid to DMK-run Kalaignar TV, was “not genuine”.
Related to the case, the Special CBI court also deferred till today its order on a Central Bureau of Investigation plea to summon additional prosecution witnesses, including Enforcement Directorate Deputy Director Rajeshwar Singh, in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case.
Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini deferred the order by a day saying the same could not be completed. The court had on November 11 reserved its order after hearing arguments on the plea, which was opposed by former Telecom Minister A. Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others who are facing trial in the case.