New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate is
likely to soon issue summons to some government officials,
including 2 who were considered to be close to former
telecom minister A Raja, in the 2G spectrum scam probe.
Sources said the ED, which has registered a case under
the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), may summon
certain officials including R K Chandolia and A K Srivastava,
who worked with Raja.
Chandolia, who was personal secretary to Raja at the time
of the controversial spectrum allocation in 2008, was sent
back to his parent department -- Indian Economic Services --
within days of new Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal taking charge.
The sources said they are likely to be quizzed on the
allocation process, the alleged role played by corporate
lobbyist Niira Radia and on their income tax returns and
investments. The questioning would be based on information
collected by various agencies including the CBI, Income Tax
Department and the ED itself over the last over one year.
The questions will be about the allocation process,
including the controversial first-come-first-serve basis. They
said questions would also be asked about the alleged role
played by Radia and her dealing with them if any.
Sources said the officials would also be asked to submit
all details about their income, their annual IT returns for
the last few years and details about their investments both in
movable and immovable assets besides their foreign travel.
The statement given by Radia will also form the basis of
their inquiry, they said. The Directorate recently questioned
Radia for about 7 hours during which she had given an
over 20-page statement.
Meanwhile, sources said the ED, which has already issued
summons to certain firms which bagged spectrum in 2008, are
currently sifting through several thousand pages of documents
submitted by them during the first round of questioning.
The ED probe into the case is expected to unravel the
murky trail of suspected money laundering allegedly linked
with the spectrum allocation.
Former telecom minister A Raja was forced to resign
earlier this month after a damning report on the spectrum
allocation by the Comptroller and Auditor General.
The CBI is also probing the alleged scam and had recently
told the Supreme Court that they will file a chargesheet in
the case within three months.
The agency had also said it will take two months to
complete the investigation as it was examining transcripts
relating to 5,000 calls (out of which 3,800 have been
analysed), 6,000 files and 80,000 pages of documents.