Former Telecom Minister A Raja and eight others including former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and three telecom companies were on Saturday indicted in the 2G spectrum allocation scam in which the CBI filed its first chargesheet, pegging the loss to the exchequer at Rs 30,984 crore.
The companies named in the chargesheet filed in a Delhi court include Reliance Communications, Unitech Wireless and Swan Telecom. A supplementary chargesheet is to be filed later this month in the case that is being monitored by the Supreme Court.
The chargesheet running into about 80,000 pages was filed before Judge OP Saini in the special court constituted exclusively to try the case that has hit the UPA government politically in less than two years of its return to power.
Charges of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and corruption have been levelled against Raja, his Private Secretary RK Chandolia, Behura and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa.
The CBI said that investigation into issuance of new Unified Access Services Licences and subsequent allocation of 2G Spectrum during 2008-09 has established commission of offences under Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Others named in the chargesheet include Vinod Goenka, a director of Mumbai-based DB Realty, which was also the promoter of Etisalat DB; Sanjay Chandra, managing director of Gurgaon-based real estate company Unitech and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd and Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara, Group Managing Director and two Senior Vice Presidents of Mumbai-based Reliance Telecom Company.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had estimated a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crores in the issuance of 2G spectrum licenses.