The pronouncement of order over framing charges on additional spectrum allocation scam is scheduled on October 7th by a special 2G court.
A special 2G court has fixed October 7th as a day to pronounce its order over framing charges in case of additional spectrum scam which came to light in 2002 against ex-telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three other telecom companies.
The order was actually scheduled to be passed on Saturday but it was deferred and was postponed by a special CBI judge O P Saini. It was expected that the judgement on the bail plea filed by Shaymal Ghosh might also be pronounced on the same day.
Shyamal Ghosh worked as telecom secretary between February 7, 2000 to May 31, 2002.
The CBI filed charge- sheet against Ghosh and three telecom companies namely Hutchison Max(P) Ltd, Sterling Cellular Ltd and Bharti Cellular Ltd for allegedly allocating additional spectrum that led to a loss of Rs 846.44 crore to the exchequer.
Ghosh countered the CBI’s arguments saying that private firms were not the alone beneficiaries of additional spectrum but Govt firms also like BSNL,MTNL were also benefited.
The telecom companies that were accused in this case also denied the allegations of CBI claiming that they have been allotted with only spare radio waves which was an income to the Govt.
The CBI in its charge-sheet claimed that Ghosh had deliberately and with wrong intention didn’t obtain the permissions to allocate spectrum from the then Member (Finance) of department of telecommunication despite involving huge financial loss.
All the accused have been charge-sheeted for the alleged offence of criminal conspiracy (section 120-B) of the IPC and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.