India ex-minister, Reliance ADA charged in telecoms graft case

NEW DELHI, April 2 (Reuters) – Indian police on Saturday
charged a former minister, the Reliance ADA Group and the
Indian arm of Etisalat, in a multi-billion dollar telecoms
licencing corruption scandal that has rocked the government and
business establishments.

Andimuthu Raja, the telecoms minister at the time of a
flawed 2008 mobile phone licence allocation process, Sanjay
Chandra, Managing Director of Unitech, and three officials of
Reliance ADA Group were also charged in the case, a government
lawyer told reporters.

“The charges are conspiracy, cheating, forgery of documents,
abuse of official position and abetment,” A.K. Singh, special
public prosecutor told reporters after the charges were filed in
court.

The graft scandal, potentially India’s largest ever, has
damaged confidence in the Congress-led coalition government, led
to calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
and worried investors in Asia’s third-largest economy.

(Reporting by CJ Kuncheria; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

India ex-minister, Reliance ADA charged in telecoms graft case