Spectrum Case: Ex-Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh Acquitted

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New Delhi: In a major setback to the CBI, a special 2G court on Thursday discharged former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms accused in the 2002 additional spectrum scam case, terming the CBI’s case as false and fabricated.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini observed that CBI tried to mislead the court and the charge sheet filed by it was full of “distorted facts”.

The court asked the CBI Director to conduct an inquiry against the “erring officials” for filing such a chargesheet.

“I am reading out the last paragraph of the order. It’s a false and fabricated chargesheet and there is no incriminating evidence against any of the accused so they are discharged. The chargesheet is full of distorted facts and an attempt has been made to mislead the court,” the judge said.

The “CBI Director is directed to make an inquiry against erring officials”, the court said.

Ghosh and three telecom firms — Hutchison Max(P) Ltd, Sterling Cellular Ltd and Bharti Cellular Ltd — were chargesheeted in the case relating to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) allocating additional spectrum that had allegedly led to a loss of Rs 846.44 crore to the exchequer.

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