New Delhi: The CBI on Monday removed its chief prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case after he was allegedly found to have discussed the prosecution strategy with one of the accused.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) removed A K Singh from the case and registered a preliminary enquiry, an official said. The investigating agency decided to remove Singh after it found an audio recording allegedly carrying a conversation between Singh and one of the accused in the case.


                                                                   Timeline: 2G Spectrum Case

May 2007: A Raja takes over as Telecom Minister

Aug 2007: Process of allotment of 2G Spectrum initiated by DoT

Nov 2007: Finance Ministry concerned over procedure of adoption by DoT

Jan 2008: DoT decides to issue licences on first come-first serve basis

Oct 2009: CVC directs CBI to investigate the irregularities in allocation after a complaint lodged under IPC

Oct 2009: CBI raids DoT offices

Nov 2009: CBI seeks details of tapped conversation of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia

April 2010: CBI DIG and Director General of Income Tax Milap Jain, investigating officers transferred

May 2010: Raja- Niira Radia tape made public by media

Nov 2010: CAG submits report on 2G spectrum to government stating loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to ex-chequer

Nov 2010: A Raja resigns as Telecom Minister

Nov 2010: SC ticks off CBI for not questioning A Raja

Dec 2010: Government presents tape in front of SC

Feb 2011: Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura and Raja’s former Personal Secretary R K Chandolia, Shahid Usman Balwa, promoter of Swan Telecom, arrested and next day they were remanded in CBI custody

Feb 2011: CBI tells court that Balwa facilitated transaction to Kalaignar TV

April 2011: CBI files its first chargesheet in the 2G spectrum allocation case

April 25: CBI files second chargesheet and court issues summon to Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar and Karim Morani

May 2011: Court reserves order on Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar’s bail application

May 20: Special CBI Court rejects bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar and orders their forthwith arrest

Oct 2011: SC reserves order against Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a probe into Home Minister Chidambaram’s role in the 2G scam

Nov 2011: HC grants bail to DMK MP Kanimozhi and 4 others namely Karim Morani, Sharad Kumar and Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal.

Dec 2011: The special CBI court grants bail to A Raja's ex-private secretary R K Chandolia and puts additional condition to not visit the DoT without prior permission of the court

Feb 2012: SC cancels all 122 licences allotted by A Raja

Feb 22: CBI lodges strong protest against some Income Tax officials for threatening crucial witnesses

May 2012: Bail granted to A Raja

February 2013: CBI removes its Chief prosecutor for colluding with accused

Feb 2013: CBI questions opposition members over removal of 2G prosecutor

"The allegation against A K Singh is being probed and he has been removed from the prosecuting team in the 2G case. A preliminary enquiry has been registered to verify the allegations," said a CBI official. He said that the court hearing the 2G case has also been informed of the development and another prosecutor has been appointed to assist in the ongoing trial.

"The agency possesses an audio recording with the suspected voices of Singh and one of the accused. In the recording, Singh shared the legal strategy with the accused. Now, the agency is probing the authenticity of the recording. We cannot confirm or deny the thing before examining the evidences," Ranjit Sinha, CBI director, told news channel.

The 2G case is currently under trial before a special CBI court here. The main accused, former union minister A Raja, Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra and 12 others, including DMK leader Kanimozhi, have been examined by the prosecution. Cross-examination of the accused and witnesses is now on.


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