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Paying for annoying "cartel" of telecom firms: A Raja

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 21:53

New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Wednesday told a Delhi court that he has been made to pay the price for annoying a "cartel" of telecom firms.  "Earlier, the cartel of existing telecom companies had the say.

He (Raja) told them (companies) to pay the government for getting spectrum over 6.2 MHZ," senior advocate Sushil Kumar told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.
The lawyer, who did not name any corporate house, said "I was telling him (Raja) recently that you may be intelligent but not wise. If you would take out money from such big businessmen, would they leave you? People are bumped off in such cases, he is just facing a criminal case."
Taking over the arguments briefly, Raja said he was facing the music for enforcing "one-time spectrum charge beyond 6.2 Mhz" from telecom companies.
"I am the first (telecom) minister to say that a one-time charge could be there over and above the adjusted gross revenue of the telecom companies for spectrum above 6.2 Mhz.

The spectrum of 4.4 Mhz comes bundled with the licence... The same weapon is being used to kill me," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 21:53
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