CBI to file 3rd charge-sheet in 2G scam by 15th September

Seeking a 15-day extension, senior advocate KK Venugopal, appearing for CBI said that the agency, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department would file status report of their investigation by the next date of hearing on 1st September, after which the CBI would file its third charge-sheet by 15th September

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has completed its probe in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam and will file its third charge-sheet by 15th September, the agency told the Supreme Court today.

Senior advocate KK Venugopal, appearing for CBI, sought 15 days more to file the charge-sheet which was earlier slated to be filed by 31st August, reports PTI.

He submitted before a bench of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly that the CBI, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax (I-T) department would file status report of their investigation by the next date of hearing on 1st September.

The court was hearing petitions filed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Centre for Public Interest Litigation and Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on whose plea it had directed the CBI probe into the 2G scam and has also been monitoring it.

In its last status report, the ED submitted that the probe was done against several firms including Swan Telecom which is alleged to be a front company of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's (ADAG) Reliance Telecom.

It had said the money trail has led the ED to the United Kingdom, Singapore, Russia, Cyprus, Mauritius and the Isle of Man.

Senior counsel Venugopal had said six complaints under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) were registered against some companies and their officials, including the managing director of a telecom company who is presently in Tihar jail.

The apex court had earlier set up a special court to exclusively hold the trial in the scam.

Former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi along with several corporate honchos besides former telecom secretary are presently in jail and the special court is hearing the CBI's plea on framing of charges against them under various provisions of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Cash for vote scam: Amar Singh, 6 others to be charge-sheeted

The investigations into the three-year-old gathered pace last month after SC rebuked Delhi Police for shoddy investigations into the case in which three BJP MPs were sought to be bribed for voting in favour of UPA during trust vote in 2008

New Delhi: The Delhi Police is set to charge-sheet seven persons, including MPs Amar Singh and Ashok Argal, for their alleged involvement in the cash-for-vote scam, three years after the incident took place, reports PTI.

Sources said they have found evidences against seven persons for their alleged involvement in the 2008 case and all will be charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, BJP's Lok Sabha member Ashok Argal, former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora, a BJP worker Suhail Hindustani, Mr Singh's former aide Sanjeev Saxena and L K Advani's former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni are likely to be charge-sheeted, sources said.

Police had already secured permission from Rajya Sabha chairman for charge-sheeting Mr Singh while a letter has been sent to Lok Sabha Speaker seeking permission to charge Mr Argal, they said.

The investigations into the three-year-old gathered pace last month after Supreme Court rebuked Delhi Police for shoddy investigations into the case in which three BJP MPs were sought to be bribed for voting in favour of UPA during trust vote in 2008.

Following Supreme Court scolding, police arrested Mr Hindustani and Mr Saxena besides questioning Mr Singh, Mr Argal and Rewati Raman Singh, a SP leader.

According to sources, the evidence against Mr Singh predominantly revolved around call details. While allegedly delivering cash at the BJP MPs' residence, Mr Saxena is said to have called Mr Singh several times.

Mr Singh allegedly tried to persuade three BJP MPs, including Mr Argal, to vote in favour of UPA government during the trust vote in July 2008. Mr Singh has denied the allegations.

The BJP had alleged that MR Saxena was Amar Singh's aide and he was allegedly caught on camera giving money to the BJP MPs. They had also alleged that it was Mr Saxena who called Amar Singh from his mobile phone and got the three MPs to talk to him in order to fix a deal.

The allegation of bribing was levelled by then BJP MPs Mr Argal, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahavir Bhagora who claimed that Mr Singh's aide Mr Saxena delivered Rs1 crore in cash to them on 22 July 2008, hours before the vote of confidence in Lok Sabha.

According to BJP, Rewati Raman allegedly met BJP MPs Mr Argal, Mr Kulaste and Mr Bhagora at Mr Argal's residence where the transaction was discussed. This was purportedly recorded through hidden cameras by a television channel which has not telecast the tape on the ground that its investigations were not complete.

These MPs travelled to 27 Lodi Estate on 22nd July, the day of the voting. The car which took the MPs to the residence of Mr Singh was followed by the channel and its movements allegedly recorded. The MPs alleged that the tape had Mr Saxena repeatedly calling a number.

During investigations, police had initially given clean chit to Congress and Samajwadi Party leaders saying it was Mr Hindustani who allegedly masterminded the whole episode.

Police sources said they were yet to trace the money trail though they have identified the bank accounts from which the money used for bribing.

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Tata Motors launches new Vista

The new Tata Vista price starts from Rs3.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Safire petrol range and from Rs4.79 lakh for the Quadrajet diesel range (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Tata Motors today launched the new version of its premium hatchback, the Tata Vista. The new range will be available at Tata Motors dealerships from 1 September 2011.

The new Tata Vista comes with a front chrome grill, complemented with a triple barreled head lamp, for visibility in low-light conditions. The car has generous chrome package on the exteriors, sporty new alloy wheels and a new signature colour, Summer Sparkle. A mirror polished garnishing below the rear windshield adds to the distinctiveness of the exteriors.

The interiors, with soft feel dash board and door pads, too match the experience of a sedan. The 4-spoke steering wheel now sports audio controls, which controls a fully integrated 2-DIN music system. It offers connectivity via USB, auxiliary input and Bluetooth using the Blue 5 technology that helps pair up to 5 mobile phones. Outer rear view mirrors can be adjusted electrically using the joystick on the drivers side door pad and electrically operated HVAC controls add style and convenience.

The car will be powered by 1.3 litre common rail direct injection Quadrajet diesel engine and 1.4 litre MPFi Safire petrol engine with variable valve timing technology. The diesel engine delivers 75PS of max power at 4000 RPM, while the petrol engine delivers max power of 90PS at 6000RPM. The new Tata Vista delivers a mileage of 22.3 kmpl for diesel and 16.7 kmpl for petrol.

The other major addition is the Clutch-to-Start feature which ensures that one cannot crank the engine unless the clutch is fully pressed, hence there is no risk of re-crank if engine is on.

The new Tata Vista price starts from Rs3.88 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the Safire petrol range and from Rs4.79 lakh for the Quadrajet diesel range (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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5 years ago

Beautiful iterior attractive deshboard and more legroom This new newlook of the vista is more elegant and beautiful. I like to take testdrive for a day. it looks great

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