New Delhi: Opposition BJP on Wednesday demanded an
investigation into the alleged suicide of former Telecom
Minister A Raja`s associate Sadiq Batcha, saying it could be a
case of murder to get rid of those who can become witnesses in
the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
"Any death is unfortunate and this is one of them....
This smacks of something more than suicide. This is not an
ordinary suicide," Deputy Leader of BJP in the Rajya Sabha S S
He said there could be something more than a mere
suicide and insisted that the presence of a suicide note was
In reply to a question on whether Batcha could have been
killed, Ahluwalia said, "It could be murder as those involved
in 2G spectrum scam want to get rid of those who can become
Batcha died in mysterious circumstances in Chennai today
and his wife claimed that he committed suicide "unable to cope
with the pressure" of the probe in the 2G case.
He had been earlier questioned by the CBI and the
Enforcement Directorate separately, and was rumoured to be
contemplating becoming a witness in the case.
Batcha, 47, was managing director of Green House
promoter private limited and a close associate of Raja. He was
reportedly in the know about several transactions related to
the 2G spectrum allocation.
The CPI-M`s Tamil Nadu unit today
asked the CBI to conduct detailed investigations into the
death of former Telecom Minister A Raja`s close aide Sadiq
"The death of Sadiq Batcha has raised many questions. Has
he committed suicide or was he killed... We strongly request
the CBI to conduct a detailed probe...", CPI-M state Secretary
G Ramakrishnan said in a statement here.
CBI should reveal the real reason behind his death to the
public and also ensure that the accused in the 2G Spectrum
allocation scam not escape, he said.
Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, an ally of the Opposition
AIADMK, said the death has "shocked" the entire nation.
"People will not believe that his death is a suicide,"
party President M H Jawahirullah said in a statement, adding,
a CBI team should be formed to investigate the death.
In an unexpected twist in the 2G spectrum probe,
47-year-old Batcha died in mysterious circumstances in Chennai
today with his family claiming it as a suicide.
The CBI has termed Batcha`s death as "unexpected" and
said it would have no effect on the probe in 2G scam.