2G case: Did not know if Radia was lobbying for Tatas, says Chief IO
New Delhi: The Chief Investigating Officer (CIO) in the 2G spectrum allocation case Tuesday told a Delhi court that he was not aware whether former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia used to do "lobbying" with Department of Telecom and other departments for the Tatas.
CBI's Superintendent of Police Vivek Priyadarshi told the court that he received the recorded telephonic conversations of Radia, who was earlier examined as a prosecution witness in the 2G case, from the Income Tax Department during the probe into the case.
"It was not in my knowledge that Niira Radia used to do lobbying with DoT and other departments in favour of Tatas by making them abuse their official position. The conversation of Niira Radia was obtained by me on a sealed portable hard disc from Income Tax Department," he told Special CBI Judge O P Saini during his cross examination.
Priyadarshi also told the court that during the probe, it did not come to his notice that Aseervatham Achary, Raja's former Additional Private Secretary and a key CBI witness in the case, "was trying to take favours from Tatas through Niira Radia by abusing his official position."
He rejected the suggestion of advocate Vijay Aggarwal, who appeared for accused R K Chandolia, that Achary was used by him to make statement in favour of CBI.
Priyadarshi also denied that he had "pressurised" Chandolia, the then private secretary to Raja, to make a statement against the former Telecom Minister regarding matters about which he had no knowledge.
"It is wrong to suggest that when accused R K Chandolia refused to toe our line, I falsely implicated him in this case," he said, adding Achary was "somewhat inimical" towards Raja.
Priyadarshi's cross examination would continue tomorrow.
Raja and Chandolia, along with others, including DMK MP Kanimozhi, are facing trial for their alleged involvement in the case.
The court had on October 22, 2011 framed charges against 17 accused under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, faking documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servant and taking bribe.
The offences entail punishment ranging from six months in jail to life imprisonment.