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Bail for 2G Telecom officials

New Delhi, Nov 23 (): Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless, Vinod Goenka of Swan Telecom, as well as Reliance Group’s Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair were granted bail by the Supreme Court. They among the 14 individuals accused in the case, led by former telecom minister A. Raja and his DMK party colleague and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi Karunanidhi.

The case hearing is on in CBI special court. The SC told the CBI that it could move the court for modifying the bail order if they found the accused misusing the bail provisions. An apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice H.L. Dattu said all the five would be released on furnishing a surety of Rs.5 lakh each to the satisfaction of the trial court.

14 individuals accused in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case Wednesday challenged the special CBI court decision yesterday to shift the trial in the 2G spectrum case to the Tihar Jail complex following a Delhi High Court order. The next hearing is to be held in a courtroom in the prison premises Nov 24.

Arun Shourie succeeded Pramod Mahajan as the Telecom Minister in the Vajpayee Cabinet. He held the position between January 2003 and May 2004. CBI going through the files in the Telecom ministry showed that Shourie had allotted more spectrums in violation of the rules.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday stayed the move to shift the trial of the 2G case to Tihar Jail. A full bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri passed the order after all the 14 individual accused approached the court seeking a stay on an administrative order passed by it Tuesday shifting the trial.

The matter was initially heard by a division bench of Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice Rajiv Shakdher before whom the counsels of the 14 accused contended that the decision to shift the place of trial was not examined properly and it would cause a lot inconvenience to the defense and its lawyers.