• Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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India telecoms probe: Court acquits ex-minister A Raja

Relief: India’s former telecommunications minister Andimuthu Raja gestures as he leaves a court after a hearing in New Delhi on December 21

By: Rithika Siddhartha

  INDIA’S former telecoms minister was cleared last Thursday (21) of his alleged role in a multi-billion dollar rort that ballooned into one of the country’s biggest-ever political scandals. A special court in New Delhi acquitted A Raja of corruption and also dropped charges against a slew of other bureaucrats and corporate executives implicated in the 2008 scandal that cost the state billions in lost revenue. Judge OP Saini said India’s federal investigators, who brought the explosive charges against the high-profile defendants, could not prove allegations of criminality. “I have absolutely no hesitation in holding that (the) prosecution has miserably…

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