New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Tuesday accused his erstwhile Telecom Secretary D S Mathur in a Delhi court of deposing "falsely" against him under the fear of prosecution by the CBI in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
DMK MP Raja, who is the prime accused in the case, alleged Mathur agreed to become a prosecution witness as he feared arrest in the case.
The former bureaucrat, however, denied Raja's contentions saying, "When my statement was recorded by investigating officer (IO), I was not aware that some DoT officials had already been arrested.
"It is wrong to suggest that I agreed to become a witness for the prosecution as I feared that if I did not do so, I may also be prosecuted," he told Special CBI Judge O P Saini during his cross examination by Raja's counsel Sushil Kumar.
Mathur said he is not aware if the CBI is also probing into grant of licences when he was the telecom secretary.
"I am not aware if the CBI is investigating the licences issued during my tenure when Dayanidhi Maran was the Minister of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. It is wrong to suggest that I have given a false statement under oath due to pressure of this investigation," he said.
He denied the suggestions that he was representing the interest of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) during the consideration of applications for grant of Unified Access Services Licences (UASL) and raised objections only regarding the licences to the new applicants.
"I raised the issue of availability of spectrum for the new applicants only as the number of applications was very large. It is wrong to suggest that I have been throughout representing the interest of COAI and its members.... It is wrong to suggest that I have deposed falsely against accused A Raja," he said.
First Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 19:29