2G scam: CBI gets 5-day remand of A Raja, aides

Former Union telecom minister A Raja was asked to resign on November 14 last year after the CAG indicted him in 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Former communications minister A Raja and two of his aides were sent to five-day custody by a CBI special court Thursday, a day after they were arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

DMK leader Raja, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and personal secretary RK Chandolia were handed down the sentence by Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge OP Saini at the Patiala House Court.

Raja quit Nov 14 after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) indicted him for irregularities in the allocation of second generation (2G) spectrum to telecom companies, causing losses of between Rs.58,000 crore ($12.8 billion) and Rs.1.76 lakh crore ($40 billion) to the exchequer.
The issue dates to 2008 when nine telecom firms were issued airwaves, a scarce resource, and licences for second generation (2G) phone services at Rs 1,658 crore (less that USD 350 million) for a pan-India operation. As many as 122 circle-wise licences were issued