New Delhi: In a surprising twist, the most high-profile corruption in India finally came to an end today.
Former telecom minister A Raja and M Kanimozhi of the DMK and 15 others were acquitted by a special CBI Court on Thursday of charges in biggest telecom scandal, the “2G scam”.
The 2G scam was among the major corruption scandals that came to light during the second term of Dr Manmohan Singh’s coalition government.
Raja had been accused of allocating airwaves and licenses for cellphone networks in exchange for kickbacks and causing the state a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
In a charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012.
All the accused facing trial in these cases had denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.
The Supreme Court earlier cancelled all the licenses Raja had issued, agreeing that rules had been violated.