Delhi HC notice to Raja, Kanimozhi on CBI plea in 2G spectrum case

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response of former Telecom Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others on the CBI’s plea challenging their acquittal by a special court in the 2G spectrum case.
A similar order was passed by Justice S P Garg on the plea of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) challenging their acquittal in the money-laundering case arising out of the 2G scam case.
While issuing notices to Raja, Kanimozhi and others in the two cases, the court asked them to file their responses before the next date of hearing on May 25.
The court also allowed the interim plea of the ED, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, for maintaining status quo with regard to the properties worth around Rs 223 crore which the agency had attached in the money laundering case.
The ED did not want the properties to be released from attachment, a consequence of the acquittal in the money-laundering case, saying that third party rights might be created in them.
While granting the agency’s request for status quo, the court also asked why it had come so late if it wanted that relief.
The court was initially not inclined to pass any interim order staying the release of attachment without first hearing the other side.
However, after the ASG cited past judgments in which such orders have been passed, the court ordered that status quo be maintained regarding the properties attached by the ED.
On March 19, the ED moved the high court challenging the special court’s order acquitting all the accused in the money laundering case arising out of the 2G scam.