Delhi High Court Asks 2G Case Accused to Plant Trees as Penalty



Delhi High Court Asks 2G Case Accused to Plant Trees as Penalty

The Delhi High Court Justice Najmi Waziri on Thursday while continuing the trend of a unique penalty asked the accused in the 2G spectrum case to plant 3,000 trees for not filing their responses on the Enforcement Directorate(ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) appeals against their acquittal in the 2G case.
The accused who were directed to do so are Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and four others. They were directed to carry out the plantation drive in Delhi’s South Ridge forest area.
The order came while hearing the plea filed by investigation agencies’ against a special CBI court’s order in which it acquitted Mr. Raja and others in the case pertaining to the 2G spectrum allocation.
Besides, the Court also granted a last opportunity to Mr. Balwa, Rajiv Agarwal along with three companies, Dynamix Reality Pvt. Ltd., DB Reality and Nihar Constructions, to submit their response in the case. All of them failed to file their response despite being granted over three months’ time.
The Court also directed others for plantation including former Telecom Minister A. Raja’s erstwhile private secretary R.K. Chandolia to plant 300 trees, whereas it directed Asif Balwa, director of Kusegaon Fruits to plant 500 trees. Rajiv Agarwal was directed to plant another 500 trees in addition to his 3,000 trees.
The court also directed all the accused and firms to report to the Deputy Conservator of Forests (South) on February 15 for the purpose. The Court also made them responsible for the upkeep of the plants till rainy season.
Justice Waziri while suggesting the varieties of plants for plantation said,
“The plantation should be completed by March 15, 2019. The plant shall be of deciduous indigenous variety and they shall have a nursery age of three and a half years and have a height of at least six feet. The plants shall be nurtured by them for six months."
The court had posted the case for further hearing on March 26 and also asked for an action-taken report submitted by the hearing date.
The CBI approached high court against the acquittal of accused claiming that the Special CBI Court did not appreciate the evidence placed before it.

2G Spectrum case
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
Delhi High Court
Enforcement Directorate (ED)
Special CBI Court

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