2G spectrum scam: Court orders 16,000 planting plants

High court has expressed its displeasure over not filing a response on the appeal of CBI and ED in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, along with the promoter of Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd Shahid Usman Balwa, directed the accused and companies to install 16 thousand plants in the South Delhi Ridge area. Justice Najmi Vaziri has directed these parties to appear before Chief Conservator of South Delhi on 15th February. Court has directed Shahid Balwa, Kusegaon Fruit and Vegetable Director Rajeev Agarwal and Dynamic Realty, DB Realty Ltd and Nihar Construction Pvt Ltd to plant three-three thousand plants.  

The court rebuked these people and said that no reply was filed on the last date of October 2018. Even today the answer was not filed. Giving these people the last chance to file their replies, has fixed the date of March 26, 2019 for the hearing. The High Court has given former telecom minister A Raja’s personal assistant RK Chandolia, the director of Kusegaon, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, in the case of CBI, has given an extension. The court directed Chandolia to plant 300 plants and to 500-500 additional plants to Asif and Agarwal.  

On behalf of the Central Government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that this is a better way to impose fines. Advocate Vijay Agarwal, the advocate of the defense, has also welcomed the order of the court. The court has so far ordered the commissioning of 39 thousand plants in various cases. The lower court had acquitted 19 accused, including former Union A Raja, MP Kanimozhi, on 21 December 2017 in the CBI’s corruption and money laundering case of ED. The court acquitted DMK Supremo’s wife Dayalu Amma, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, film producer Karim Morani, P. Amritam Kalangar TV director Sharad Kumar in a money laundering case.  

In the CBI case, A Raja, Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Beaura, Chandolia, MD of Unitech Ltd Sanjay Chandra and three senior officials of Reliance Anil Ambani group Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair were acquitted by the lower court.