2G scam: Rajiv Agarwal sent to Tihar till April 15

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 20:33

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Wednesday sent
Kusegaon executive Rajiv Agarwal, arrested in connection with
the 2G spectrum scam, to judicial custody in Tihar jail till
April 15.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini, while accepting the plea
of probe agency, sent Agarwal to judicial custody for 10 days.
"Accused Rajiv Agarwal is remanded to judicial custody
till April 15, 2011 the date to which other co-accused is
remanded," the court said.

Agarwal, who is associated with partnership firm of DB
Realty--promoted by Shahid Usman Balwa, is accused of playing
a pivotal role in the flow of money to Kalaignar TV in which
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi`s wife Dayaluammal has
60 per cent stake. He had been in CBI custody since his arrest
on March 29.

The DMK chief`s daughter and Rajya Sabha MP M
Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, the Managing Director, have 20 per
cent share each in the channel.

The CBI had sought 14 days` judicial custody of
Agarwal saying that investigation into the case was not yet
complete, therefore accused may be sent to jail.

The CBI`s plea was opposed by counsel Vijay Aggarwal,
appearing for Rajiv Agarwal, saying that since the probe has
been completed by the agency and the accused is ready to
co-operate, he should be released on bail.

Agarwal, Director of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables
Pvt Ltd, a DB group company, was produced before the special
court, constituted by the Supreme Court to deal with the 2G
scam cases, after expiry of his two-day CBI custody.

Agarwal was arrested along with Asif Balwa, a cousin
of Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who has been
chargesheeted in the 2G case, after CBI had conducted searches
at the premises of Dynamic Realty, Kusegaon Fruits and
Vegetables Pvt Ltd and Cineyug films Pvt Ltd in Mumbai.

Earlier, CBI prosecutor Akhilesh had said that
Kusegaon and Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd entered into agreement on
January 27, 2010 to justify some "malicious" deals.

The agency said Cineyug received a sum of Rs 200
crores from Kusegaon during the period between December 23,
2008 to August 7, 2009.

The CBI had also said that the accused had not
disclosed the facts about the "heavy cash" which was sent to
Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd.

Sadiq Batch, a close aide of former telecom minister
A Raja and Director of Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd, was
found dead under mysterious circumstances in Chennai last
month.

Agarwal and Asif were directors of Kusegaon Fruits and
Vegetables Pvt Ltd. Asif was also Director of DB Realty Pvt
Ltd ,a partner of Dynamic Realty, and is presently in judicial
custody.

Agarwal and Asif have not been named in the first
charge sheet filed by the CBI on April 2.

The agency in its first charge sheet has alleged that
Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja`s
personal secretary R K Chandolia, Shahid Usman Balwa and
Sanjay Chandra entered into a conspiracy for manipulating the
procedure for allocation of spectrum with the aim of favouring
companies like Swan Telecom and Unitech Group.

Others named in the charge sheet include Vinod Goenka,
a Director of Mumbai-based DB Realty, which was also the
promoter of Etisalat DB, Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director of
Gurgaon-based real estate company Unitech and Unitech
Wireless(Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd and Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and
Surendra Pipara, Group Managing Director and two Senior Vice
Presidents of Mumbai-based Reliance Telecom Company.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 20:33

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