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2G scam

29 September 2015

In a huge setback to corporate honcho Anshuman S Ruia and Ravi S Ruia and their company Essar Teleholding, the Supreme Court today upheld their trial by the Special CBI court trying 2G scam cases, rejecting their plea that they should instead be tried by a magisterial court.

14 September 2015

A Supreme Court bench comprising of justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri finally gave the go-ahead today (14 September), to the inquiry team led by former CBI special director ML Sharma to probe the visitors’ diary of former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha.

02 December 2014

Supreme Court advocate KV Dhananjay argues that former CBI director Ranjit Sinha’s clandestine meetings with 2G and Coal scam accused were prima facie illegal.

18 September 2014

The NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan, today declined to name the whistleblower who disclosed the alleged interference by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha in the 2G investigation and prosecution after meeting the accused in the 2G and coal scam cases.

The CPIL, in its affidavit filed Thursday, said that its governing body in its meeting Sep 17 decided not to reveal the identity of the whistleblower who took off the lid on the alleged interference in 2G matters by the CBI director. The NGO’s governing body consists of advocates Anil Divan, Colin Gonsalves, Shanti Bhushan, Kamal Jaswal, Kamini Jaiswal and Prashant Bhushan, reported *Mint].

The NGO said this in response to the Sep 15 order of justices HL Dattu and SA BobdeRead more at: , who, citing the Supreme Court Rules 2013, had asked the NGO to disclose the identity of the whistleblower who gave it the information on the basis of which the averments and allegations were made against the CBI director. [Source]

24 June 2014

Former solicitor general (SG) Gopal Subramanium had written a letter to former law minister Kapil Sibal during the 2G scam, denying allegations of having “interacted with any lawyer” – allegations on the basis of which the new government has tried to veto his name for elevation to the SC as judge, reported the Express.

Subramanium wrote the five-page letter on 21 July 2011, a week after he resigned as SG, stating: “As far as 2G case goes, I was shocked to see that the extent of criminality wasn’t revealed to me by the government on its own. I have been hurt by the kind of media reports which have appeared about me. I just wish to put it on record for you that I never ever interacted with any lawyer in the case.”

24 March 2014

Justice HL Dattu said that it was not appropriate at this stage to interfere with the bail the court granted in November 2011 for Sanjay Chandra, despite the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) approaching the court claiming Chandra was "materially interfering" and trying to influence the investigation, after an audio recording of Chandra allegedly taking advice from and trying to influence the public prosecutor, AK Singh, who's since been taken off the case [PTI]

12 February 2013

The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has removed one of its public prosecutors on the 2G spectrum scam case, after taped phone conversations allegedly showed him giving advice to one of the accused in the matter.

27 September 2012

Today, blogging live from 2pm on the presidential reference about Supreme Court Justice GS Singhvi’s 2 February judgment that cancelled all awarded 2G licences and said that all natural resources should be allocated by the government by auction.

13 February 2012

Telecoms in India: Old news, get out now? Khaitan & Co advised Bahrain-headquartered telecom service provider Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) in its $174m stake sale in its Indian joint venture STel to Skycity Foundation, which was advised by Rajani Associates.

02 February 2012

Spectrum On the first anniversary of A Raja going to jail, the Supreme Court today quashed all 122 2G spectrum licenses granted by the former telecoms minister in 2008, although the apex court passed to the trial courts the decision on union home minister P Chidambaram involvement.

30 November 2011

Not quite TiharSupreme Court Insider: From the start of the trial in the 2G spectrum scam case, the prime accused and main conspirator, former telecom minister A Raja, started a silent protest.

04 August 2011

Ramalinga Raju and six other accused in Satyam scam denied bail as plea of extended trial fails to impress judge [HT]

Mulla & Mulla to appeal against Kerala High Court fixing compensation of Rs 75 lakh for Mangalore air crash victims, citing wrong interpretation of Montreal convention [The National]

SC begins hearing into $2bn tax claim on Vodafone, Harish Salve challenges IT Department’s jurisdiction saying transfer of control of "downstream companies by the two foreign companies cannot be a basis (for I-T Dept) to exercise jurisdiction" [Law et al. news]

Ratan Tata denies 2G bribe allegations after criminal lawyer Majid Menon defending Swan Telecom implies Tata hospital donation like a bribe [TOI / Mint]

SC reserved verdict on the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act [The Hindu]

An NGO via CCI claims Facebook “can potentially engage in anti-competitive and unfair business practices” through e-currency [The Hindu]

Bombay High Court reprimands CBI for delays in probing Adarsh Society missing files controversy, expressing angst over grant of bail to four accused due to CBI’s late filing of chargesheet [ET]

Writ petition to challenge death sentence for drug dealer rejected [DNA]

05 April 2011

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) through counsel K K Venugopal filed the first chargesheet in the second-generation (2G) spectrum case last week after the Supreme Court appointed senior advocate Uday U Lalit as special public prosecutor.

16 December 2010

The Supreme Court has stayed the Madras High Court suspension of the state bar council chairman R K Chandramohan while former CJI Balakrishnan denied that he suppressed allegations that a Madras High Court judge was influenced by Chandramohan and former telecoms minister A Raja.

15 December 2010

A group of non-government organisations including the Centre for Public Interest Litigation and a number of public interest litigants have jointly moved the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of telecom licenses and 2G spectrum granted by tainted telecom minister by A Raja during his tenure.