Posted On Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 07:56:17 AM
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed charge sheet against mobile service firms Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India Ltd, and Hutchison Max Sterling for getting excess 2G spectrum allocation during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.
The CBI named former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and the three telecom firms as accused in the charge sheet for criminal conspiracy under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Supreme Court on November 29 had directed the CBI to prosecute telecom firms and people behind allocation of 2G spectrum during the NDA regime.
Attorney General GE Vahanvati had told the court there were irregularities in awarding extra spectrum to these companies during the tenure of the then telecommunications minister Pramod Mahajan.
The agency, in its first information report (FIR), had alleged the companies had entered into a criminal conspiracy which resulted in a loss of over Rs 500 crore to the state exchequer.