CBI moves Delhi HC in 2G case, court orders notice to Raja, Kanimozhi

The Delhi High Court Friday sought response of former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others on a plea by the CBI seeking an early hearing on the appeals challenging the trial court’s verdict acquitting all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday moved the Delhi High Court seeking an early hearing of its appeal against the acquittal of the accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case, ANI reported.

The court issued notices to Raja, Kanimozhi and others acquitted in the case to file their responses to the plea. The matter has been listed for hearing on July 30.

The investigating agencies told the court, that the case is of national importance, and has international ramifications. Earlier, the court has scheduled October 24 for further hearing.
The court was hearing an appeal challenging the acquittal of Raja, Kanimozhi, and others in the 2G spectrum case.

When the plea filed by the CBI was taken up, a Single Judge Bench of Justice AK Chawla issued notice to all the respondents in CBI’s early hearing application, and listed it for hearing on July 30.

“What is the extreme urgency?”, Justice Chawla asked. Standing Counsel Ripu Daman Bhardwaj responded that the case is of national importance. “It has international ramifications”, he added.

A special court had on December 21, 2017 acquitted Raja, Kanimozhi and others in the CBI and ED cases. It had acquitted 17 others, including DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, film producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Sharad Kumar, Director of Kalaignar TV in the ED case.