[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he 2G Special Court on Saturday punctured former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and brother SUN TV head Kalanidhi Maran’s attempts to derail the trial in Aircel Maxis case. Maran brothers tried every trick in the book to challenge the authority of the court in conducting trial on the chargesheets filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). This was clearly a ploy to delay the process. This question of raising the frivolous argument on authority of the 2G Court was well settled by Supreme Court on different occasions.
Citing the Supreme Court orders from December 16, 2010 on this regard, Judge OP Saini rejected Maran brothers’ petitions to challenge the trial of the CBI and the ED in Aircel-Maxis scam. The detailed 42 page Order of the 2G Court is published in the end of this article.
Like the other accused in the 2G scams, Maran brothers have been knocking at every legal forum to delay the process. On December 16, 2010, the Supreme Court has categorically made a judgment saying that all telecom related matters from 2001 to 2008 regarding granting Spectrum, License will fall under the jurisdiction of 2G Special Court, preventing all other courts in the country to meddle on the matter. This was done to stop the frivolous petitions being filed in several courts to delay the trial in 2G Special Court.
The 2G Special Court was created on March 2011 to conduct trial on a daily basis. It is now conducting the three Final Arguments of three cases.
The main 2G case against former Telecom Minister A.Raja and DMK Chief Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi by the CBI. This case is now at the ending stages of Final Arguments by the accused. Out of the total 17 accused, 13 and 14 are now completing their arguments. After the last three accused including Kanimozhi, CBI will have rejoinder arguments, leading to Judgment Reserving. Judgment is expected on February or March, according to lawyers in the know.
Kalaignar TV kickbacks and money trail case of ED where Raja and Kanimozhi are accused. The ED has completed their Final Arguments and Final Arguments of the accused has not started. It is expected to start after the ending of Final Arguments of the accused in the main 2G Case by November.
Essar-Loop case. Final Arguments by the accused is finished in this case and is awaiting final clarification arguments, leading to Reserving for Judgments. Judgment is expected along with main 2G Case
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he 2G Court has already discharged frivolous cases filed by CBI during UPA regime to target NDA-1 period. The chargesheet was quashed by discharging former Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh.
After the main three ongoing cases, only two cases are pending – CBI and ED chargesheets filed in Aircel-Maxis scam. The chargesheets are not completed yet, as both agencies have not completed the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) violations in Aircel-Maxis approval, involving former Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
Marans and Chidambaram are well aware that by mid 2017, their cases will go in 2G Court on a daily basis. Hence the drama being played out in various courts to delay the process by filing frivolous cases. Now, Karti Chidambaram is challenging ED’s summons in Madras High Court, which has no jurisdiction, as per the several orders of Supreme Court’s 2G Bench banning other courts in entertaining 2G related matters.
The complete judgment can be viewed in two ways:
1. By clicking on this link and
2. By viewing it in Scribd below:
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