2G case: CBI opposes Raja's bail plea
The CBI on Friday opposed in a Delhi court the bail plea of former Telecom Minister A Raja, facing trial in the 2G case, saying during its probe it has come to light that the DMK leader and others received bribe of Rs.200 crore in connection with the spectrum scam.
New Delhi: The CBI on Friday opposed in a Delhi court the bail plea of former Telecom Minister A Raja, facing trial in the 2G case, saying during its probe it has come to light that the DMK leader and others received bribe of Rs.200 crore in connection with the spectrum scam.
The agency also raised questions on his alleged links with Mauritius-based Delphi Investment Ltd, in which Reliance Telecom Ltd had allegedly transferred its shares.
CBI prosecutor A K Singh told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that Raja and other public servants may have received Rs 200 crore as bribe which has now come into light.
"This court had issued letter rogatory for a suspected bribe amount from Reliance (RTL) people through Delphi. This accused (Raja) and other public servants are also involved in other tranche of Rs 200 crore which they have received as bribe and this was not known earlier and has come up during the investigation," he said.
The prosecutor said the probe in the Delphi case has been going on and if Raja is released on bail at this stage, he might tamper with the "likely evidence and influence the witnesses".
"The investigation abroad regarding the shareholding structure, management, directors, beneficiaries and other connected facts of Delphi Investment Ltd and its holding companies etc is still pending.
"It is suspected that there may be involvement of public servants, including accused A Raja and his family members etc, in the affairs of the said companies," he told the court which reserved the order on bail plea for May 15.
The prosecutor said the court had already issued letters rogatory (LR) for the probe into the suspected bribe amount paid to public servants allegedly from Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL) through Delphi Investment Ltd.
Raja, who has spent over 15 months in Tihar jail, had moved his bail plae for the first time on Wednesday seeking parity with 13 other 2G accused who are all out on bail.
During arguments, senior counsel Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Raja, said other co-accused have been granted the relief from courts and even the Supreme Court, in its order granting bail to former telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, had not distinguished the case of a public servant with others.