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CBI to file chargesheet against Airtel and Vodafone

As per a report in Live Mint today, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plans to file a chargesheet against Bharti Airtel and Vodafone by next month to investigate the alleged irregularities in the allocation of additional 2G spectrum.

“We are about to complete our investigation in the Bharti and Vodafone cases relating to alleged irregularities in allocation of additional 2G spectrum to these companies during former telecom minister Pramod Mahajan’s tenure (in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government between 2001 and 2003),” said an official. “All accused named in the first information report (FIR) are likely to be charged but a final decision will be taken after we finalize the report. This report goes through multi-level of scrutiny in the agency before filing a chargesheet”.

According to the FIR registered last year, former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and former DoT deputy director general J.R. Gupta allegedly conspired with three private companies—Bharti Cellular (now Bharti Airtel), Hutchison Max and Sterling Cellular (Vodafone India)—and abused their official positions as public servants. No Bharti or Vodafone executive was named in the FIR. “The public servants, with approval of the then minister of telecom, took a hurried decision on 31 January 2002, to allocate additional spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz in violation of the report of a technical committee,” the FIR read.

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