Nearly seven years post 122 2G authorizations were cancelled by the Supreme Court of India, a Special Court on Thursday cleared all charges against the accused, which include former Telecom Minister Andimuthu Raja and DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s daughter, Kanimozhi, who were named as the guilty party of one of the principal scams in the history of India. The court said that the examination had “miserably failed” to verify any charge against any of those accused.What may be unlawful from the view point of administrative law may not fundamentally be so from the criminal court’s standpoint. The Supreme Court in 2012 declared that the share of 2G spectrum by the then Congress-led UPA government was unlawful and an indiscriminate exercise of power. The term ‘2G scam’ is perhaps the most evident one to have appeared on small screen sets of India in the past couple of years. Such was the criticism that tailed its unearthing, that 7 of the 8 companies whose licenses were declared void by the Supreme Court couldn’t survive the subsequent mayhem. The scam was elicited when telecom minister A Raja selected ‘first come, first serve’ dogma to allocate lucrative wireless telecom permits. Raja stands accused of having taken bribes to indiscriminately change rules to benefit certain set of companies and individuals. He ostensibly changed the cut-off date for the tender for a license and sold the spectrum at prices from 2001. This matter came to light when the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, then headed by Vinod Rai, came out with an article that stated that the licenses granted by the telecom sector were given at throwaway prices, ensuing a loss of Rs 1.75 lakh crore to the exchequer of the government. On April 2, 2011, CBI filed the earliest charge sheet and named Mr Raja, Mr Chandolia and Mr Behura as the prime accused. Reliance ADAG Group MD Gautam Doshi, their senior VP Hari Nair, Group President Surendra Pipara, Managing Director of Unitech Ltd Sanjay Chandra and Swan Telecom Promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka were also accused in the case. Three companies — Reliance Telecom Ltd, Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd and Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd – were included in the charge-sheet.National political affairs, still parsing the Gujarat verdict, were also roiled, by the 2G verdict this time, and this may have consequences extending up to the 2019 general elections. BJP, which rode to authority in 2014 moderately on the back of an anti-corruption crusade directed at Congress, which may be on the lookout for fresh supporters in the 2019 campaign, maintained that the 2G story was not over since pleas to higher courts will be filed. The CBI’s image has taken a pounding, with the court calling it out for fading fervor in following the case. There’s a cloud above the current government’s assurance to fighting bribery. It may still have a chance to make amends, as the CBI has said it will appeal the decision. A plea is in order given the sweeping discharge of the CBI’s arguments, so sweeping that it dismisses, debatably a dash too breezily, what the trial said were apprehensive quid pro quo transactions. It is often said that folklore about corruption is larger than the genuine incidence of corruption. Could this be real for the 2G ‘scam’ as well?