2G scam: CBI gears up to question A Raja

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to issue notice, Friday, to former union telecom minister A Raja and his family members allegedly involved in the 2008 2G spectrum allocation case.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to issue notice, Friday, to former union telecom minister A Raja and his family members allegedly involved in the 2008 2G spectrum allocation case.

The move comes after Raja’s residences in Delhi and hometown Perambalur were raided by CBI on Wednesday in connection with case.

Raja, meanwhile, called the raids as "scrutiny" and that he will cooperate with the investigating agency. He emphasised, he will cooperate if CBI needs anything more and will prove his innocence.

The notice is likely to seek co-operation from the DMK leader, which may be subjected to a formal questioning,

Raja’s aides and family members might also be summoned for questioning.

CBI had also raided the houses of former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and A Raja`s aide Chandolia in connection with the 2G scam that has tainted the entire telecom industry.

The residences of others such as Sridhar, then member of the Telecom Commission; AK Srivastava, then deputy director-general, Access Service Wing of the DoT; and Sadiqui Batcha, managing director of Greenhouse Exports, Chennai were also raided.

The CBI registered a case on October 21, 2009 against unknown officials of the DoT and unknown private persons and companies and others under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

On October 21, 2009, CBI registered a case against "unknown officials" of DoT, and unnamed private persons and companies under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum in January 2008.

The Supreme Court recently criticised the investigating agency for its sluggish probe.

The CBI has told the apex court that it would conclude its probe in the case by February 2011 and submit a status report to it.

Earlier, the CBI also informed the apex body that it had transcribed nearly 6,000 telephone calls involving corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, Raja and others, which divulge details about the allocation of spectrum.

Raja was forced to quit as the telecom minister last month after a CAG report found him guilty in the 2G spectrum and circumventing the rules to favour companies who did not meet the eligibility criteria for spectrum licences. The loss - worth Rs. 1.76 lakh crore - constitutes India`s largest-ever scam.

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