2G spectrum case: CBI may question Raja, aide

Last Updated: Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 00:20

New Delhi: The CBI may soon question former
Telecom Minister A Raja and his close associate R K Chandolia
in connection with the alleged scam in allocation of 2G
spectrum to various telephone service providers.

Official sources said today the move is afoot after
agency sleuths transcribed nearly 6,000 telephone calls
involving corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, Raja and others
during which a purported mention about the allocation of
Spectrum was also made.
However, no specific dates have been decided for the
questioning, the sources said.

CBI counsel K K Venugopal made a oral submission last
week that the investigation into controversial spectrum
allocation was likely to be finished in three months time.

Chandolia, who was sent back to his parent department ?
Indian Economic Services ? within days of new Telecom Minister
Kapil Sibal taking charge, was quizzed by the Enforcement
Directorate (ED) on the issue of the first-come-first-served
basis for allocation of spectrum in 2008 after the cut off
date for receiving applications was advanced by a week from
October 1, 2007 to September 25.

Chandolia was personal secretary to Raja at the time of
the controversial spectrum allocation in 2008.

Raja, who had to resign from the post in the wake of the
scam, has been maintaining that he was ready for questioning
by the CBI anytime the agency wished so.
Raja was yesterday slammed by the Supreme Court for
showing "disrespect" to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and for
"overruling" his advice to defer the controversial allocation
by a few days.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly took
strong exception to the tone and tenor of Raja`s letter to the
PM wherein words like "unfair, discriminatory, capricious and
arbitrary" were used.

The 47-year-old Raja was forced to resign as minister on
November 14 in the wake of the CAG`s report that the rates at
which 2G spectrum was allotted resulted in a loss to the
exchequer to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 00:20

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