Former Telecom Minister A.Raja Gets bail in 2G spectrum scamReuters

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday reserved the order on the bail plea of former Telecom Minister A Raja till May 15 in connection with the 2G spectrum scam case.

Raja has moved the court for the bail for the first time after his arrest in February last year.

The CBI reportedly opposed Raja's bail plea in the court. Raja on May 9 applied for bail in the court.

Raja is the lone accused who has not secured the bail in the 2G case, where as rest of defendants have walked free.

The Supreme Court on May 9 granted bail to ex-telecom secretary Siddharth Behura in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Following Behura's release on bail, Raja decided to move the court on the grounds of "parity" as all the accused in the case has been granted bail, except him. Behura and Raja were arrested in 2011 for their alleged roles in the 2G scam.

Behura was granted bail after more than a year since he was arrested in the 2G scam. The apex court granted him bail by specifying that he would have to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10 lakh and surety amount of Rs 5 lakh.

The SC on Wednesday upheld the bail given to former telecom minister A Raja's former personal secretary RK Chandolia by the trial court.

Earlier, other accused like DMK MP and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, Swan Telecom Director Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd Managing Director Sanjay Chandra, and Reliance ADA Group officials- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair and recently Behura all secured bail in 2G spectrum scam case.

Touted to be the biggest corruption scandal of independent India, the 2G scam, allegedly masterminded by ex-Telecom Minister A Raja, pertains to a biased distribution of mobile airwaves and operating licenses, in lieu of kickbacks, to telcos that could have cost the treasury up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue, according to the government's auditors CAG.

(With inputs from IBNS)

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