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India police file charges against Bharti, Vodafone in telecoms case

Published on Dec 21, 2012 5:24 PM
 
A Bharti Airtel advertisement board is installed against the backdrop of company's telecommunication tower in the southern Indian city of Kochi on Nov 30, 2012. India's federal police filed charges against Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Group's India unit on Friday as part of a probe into alleged corruption in allocation of mobile phone airwaves a decade ago, a lawyer said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India's federal police filed charges against Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Group's India unit on Friday as part of a probe into alleged corruption in allocation of mobile phone airwaves a decade ago, a lawyer said.

The charges include criminal conspiracy, A.K. Singh, a lawyer for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), told reporters. He said no executives of the companies were charged.

The CBI had last year registered cases against the companies, two former telecoms ministry officials and others over alleged irregularities in airwave grants during the previous government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is now in opposition.