The accused have petitioned the court that the TRAI stated there was no loss to the exchequer on the 2G allocation, and that while the CAG assessed a “presumptive loss”, the CBI had no expertise to determine the loss, if any
New Delhi: A Delhi court today sought the stand of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a plea by all the 17 accused so far in the 2G spectrum case, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK member of parliament Kanimozhi, to make the TRAI report a part of the court's records.
The accused, including three telecom firms and their promoters, proprietors and top executives, moved the court of Special CBI Judge OP Saini seeking a direction to the investigating agency to file the TRAI report, which has stated that there was no loss to the exchequer in allocation of 2G spectrum.
The report had also recommended against the auctioning of radio waves and revision of entry fee for telecom firms, PTI reports.
The Comptroller and Auditor General had assessed a "presumptive loss" of Rs1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer, whereas the CBI in its probe pegged the loss at Rs309,884 crore.
The special judge issued notice to the CBI on the plea and scheduled the arguments for Friday.
Senior counsel Ramesh Gupta, who appeared for Mr Raja, sought the court's direction to the CBI to bring the latest TRAI report on court record. So did Vijay Aggarwal, counsel for Swan telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who told the court, "The CBI has no scientific or technical expertise to determine the loss. In fact, CBI has itself made an admission in the chargesheet that the TRAI report is awaited for calculating the quantum of loss."
Morgan Stanley MF new issue closes on 7th September
Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund has launched Morgan Stanley Liquid Fund, a close-ended income scheme.
The investment objective of the scheme is to provide returns, commensurate with low risk and high liquidity, through a portfolio of money market and short-term debt securities with residual maturity of up to 91 days. The new issue closes on 7th September. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000.
CRISIL Liquid Fund Index is the benchmark index. Ritesh Jain is the fund manager.
Reliance MF new issue closes on 13th September
Reliance Mutual Fund has launched Reliance Fixed Horizon Fund-XX-Series 31, a close-ended income scheme.
The investment objective of the scheme is to generate regular returns and growth of capital by investing in a diversified portfolio of central and state government securities and other fixed income/debt securities maturing on or before the date of maturity of the scheme with the objective of limiting interest rate volatility. The tenure of the scheme is 677 days.
The new issue closes on 13th September. The minimum investment amount is Rs5,000.
Crisil Short Term Bond Fund Index is the benchmark index. Amit Tripathi is the fund manager.