2G scam: CBI to probe Batcha`s death, registers case

CBI registered a case and begun a probe into the death of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former Telecom Minister A Raja who has been arrested in the multi-crore spectrum allocation scam.

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 19:28 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday registered a case and
begun a probe into the death of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of
former Telecom Minister A Raja who has been arrested in the
multi-crore spectrum allocation scam.

The agency has started its investigations under section
174 of the CrPC in the mysterious death of Batcha who was
found hanging at his home in Chennai on March 16. The section
allows an investigating agency to probe cases where death has
been caused by unnatural reasons, official sources said.
The CBI action came after the Supreme Court`s direction
to the government yesterday to issue within three days a
notification for handing over the investigations to CBI after
it was alleged that the Centre was "sitting over" the request
for the last fortnight.

38-year-old Batcha, who was quizzed by CBI in connection
with the 2G scam, was found dead t his home in south Chennai.
His wife had claimed he committed suicide as he was unable to
cope with the pressure of the probe.
CBI and ED had conducted searches at his official and
residential premises in December. He had been called for
questioning four times since then.

Batcha was the Managing Director of Greenhouse Promoters,
which CBI and Enforcement Directorate suspected to be a front
for Raja.

CBI in its chargesheet filed on April 2 had alleged that
the money connected with the 2G spectrum scam had travelled
through Batcha`s company to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd in which
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s wife Dayaluammal was
one of the owners.

The agency had said Rs 200 crore connected with 2G scam
travelled from a partnership firm of Shahid Usman Balwa, an
accused in the case, to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd.

Karunanidhi`s daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi, Dayaluammal
and Sharad Kumar, Managing Director of Kalaignar TV, have 20,
60 and 20 per cent shares in the channel respectively.

PTI