Special 2G Court Slams CBI for Fabricated Charge Sheet

The ex-Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh, three telecom firms in the 2G spectrum case.

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In an embarrassment to CBI, a special 2G court on Thursday discharged former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and three telecom firms chargesheeted in the 2002 additional spectrum scam case. The court said that the agency had filed a “false and fabricated” charge sheet against the accused.

Special CBI Judge OP 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 charge sheet in the case.

I am reading out the last paragraph of the order. It’s a false and fabricated charge sheet and there is no incriminating evidence against any of the accused so they are discharged. The charge sheet is full of distorted facts and an attempt has been made to mislead the court.
— OP Saini, Special CBI Judge

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

Ghosh and three telecom firms – Hutchison Max(P), Sterling Cellular and Bharti Cellular – were chargesheeted in a 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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