Delhi HC to hear appeal against acquittal of A Raja and Kanimozhi in 2G case

The Delhi High Court will on Wednesday hear an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the acquittal of former telecom minister A. Raja, DMK Leader Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum case.

Immediately afterwards the special CBI court’s verdict, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) made clear its intention to challenge the special court’s verdict. ED officials said the agency would study the order and knock on the doors of the high court armed with their evidence and investigation. The ED had on Monday filed a plea in the Delhi High Court against the trial court’s acquittal of the accused persons.

The probe agency on Tuesday filed the appeal in the high court after a special CBI court in a shocking judgement in December last year acquitted all the 19 accused, including A. Raja and DMK Leader Kaninmozhi. The CBI had back then said it would file a petition challenging the trial court order.

Besides Raja and Kanimozhi, the special court had acquitted 17 others, including DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka of STPL, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd., film producer Karim Morani, P Amirtham and Director of Kalaignar TV Sharad Kumar in the ED case.

The high court after examination found strong grounds for an appeal and listed the matter for hearing on March 21.