New Delhi: Five Corporate honchos whose name figured in the 2G scam appeared in the Patiala House Court here on Wednesday. CBI had named them in the chargesheet filed in the Court.

Swan Telecom Director Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd Managing Director Sanjay Chandra, and three top officials of Reliance ADA Group Gautam Doshi, Surrendra Pipara and Hari Nair --appeared before the special court for the first time and sought bail on the ground that they were not arrested during the investigation.

Senior advocate UU Lalit, who has been appointed as Special Public Prosecutor by the Supreme Court, vehemently opposed the bail plea, saying, "The suspects have now become accused after the filing of the chargesheet."

The CBI had filed its first chargesheet in the case on April 2 against Former Telecom Minister A Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura, Raja's personal secretary RK Chandolia and Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman Balwa including nine persons and three leading Telecom companies --Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd.

The court taking cognizance of the chargesheet running into 80,000 pages has asked the five corporate honchos to appear in the court.

The special court set up to hear the matter had asked the CBI to file the reply by April 15.
Special CBI Judge OP Saini said, “The CBI has been granted time to file reply and put up the matter for arguments on April 15."

JPN/Bureau