Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
by Aditi Mallick
After a lot of finger pointing and washing dirty linen in public, The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed its first charge sheet in the 2G spectrum scam. The CBI slapped charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against A Raja and his aides. The people named in the charge sheet are former communications minister A. Raja, his personal aide R.K. Chandolia, former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, director Vinod Goenka and Unitech Wireless director Sanjay Chandra. Concerning Raja’s close associate Sadiq Batcha, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his Chennai home last month, the CBI said that they were tracing the alleged kick-backs in the scam that could have been routed through him. 125 witnesses and 654 documents have been mentioned in the charge sheet in which the CBI pegs the loss to the exchequer at Rs 30,984 crore. A supplementary charge sheet will be filed later in April in the case which is being closely monitored by the Supreme Court. The CBI has deliberately protected the PM, who was taken to task by the Opposition for his failure to stop the loot of the exchequer by Raja, saying the ex minister misled him. After the scam was revealed, Raja wrote to the PM clearly stating that “there was and is no single deviation or departure in the rules” in the decisions taken by him. The charge was filed before Judge O P Saini in the special court constituted exclusively to try the case. The charge sheet is more than 80,000 pages long and was brought to the court in 5 steel boxes. The expose had managed to shame the UPA Government more than any other event in both its terms. The Prime Minister has faced a lot of flak from the opposition and created a lot of furore in the light of the recent corruption during the common wealth games.