New Delhi: Wary of being transported with
hardcore undertrials in a crowded jail van, former Telecom
Minister A Raja on Monday moved a Delhi court seeking to conduct
judicial proceedings through video-conferencing in the 2G
spectrum allocation scam case.
In an application filed before Special CBI Judge O P
Saini, through senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, Raja said
that he be allowed to appear before the court via
The court, however, had put the matter for hearing on
Raja`s plea for tomorrow.
The CBI, meanwhile, apprised the court about Raja`s
role in allegedly favouring Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd despite
serious issues being raised by the concerned section pointing
out its ineligibility.
The investigating agency said that Raja and former
Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura ignored the issues raised
regarding the verification of eligibility conditions of Swan
Telecom Pvt Ltd and "dishonestly approved" its file on January
9, 2008 for issuance of Letters of Intent for 13 telecom
Raja is presently in Tihar Jail under judicial custody
till March 3 along with Swam Telecom promoter Shahid Usman
Balwa, Siddhartha Behura and his personal secretary R K
Chandolia, in connection with their alleged role in the 2G
spectrum allocation scam.
Raja was arrested along with Behura and Chandolia on
February 2 while Balwa was taken into custody on February 8.
The court had recently dismissed the bail plea of
Balwa and Chandolia saying they are "high ranking public
servants" and "influential" who may tamper with the probe.
The probe agency had lodged an FIR on October 21, 2009
against some unnamed persons in the case, and arrested Raja
and others under various provisions of the IPC dealing with
criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery and the Prevention
of Corruption Act.
Though the agency has pegged the loss due to spectrum
allocation at Rs 22,000 crore based on the calculations made
by the CVC, the CAG had in its report projected a presumptive
loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.