CBI blackmailing me, says Raja`s ex-aide Chandolia

The CBI Friday came under attack in the 2G scam trial when RK Chandolia, the former personal aide of ex-telecom minister A Raja, accused the agency of blackmailing him.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2011, 13:18 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday came under attack in the 2G scam trial when RK Chandolia, the former personal aide of ex-telecom minister A Raja, accused the agency of blackmailing him.

Chandolia told the special CBI court that the central investigating agency had been forcing him to either become a witness or accused in the 2G scam.

Chandolia did not even spare his ex-boss and sought to disassociate himself from any controversial decision taken during Raja’s tenure as telecom minister when the scam took place.

He told the court that all the decisions were taken by Raja only and that he had only assisted him in executing his ministerial duties.

"A Raja was the (telecom) minister and my master. I merely carried out his instructions," advocate Vijay Agarwal, appearing for Chandolia, told Special CBI judge OP Saini.

"I was his (Raja`s) sophisticated helper. I am only an extra assisting hand to carry out instructions of my master. Can I question my master? How can an assisting staff be roped
in by the CBI?" he asked.

He submitted he is not a person associated with the DMK, Kalaignar TV or any other telecom company.

Chandolia, who began his arguments today opposing framing of charges against him, also challenged the CBI to show a single document as evidence on which he has put his signature.

Further, Chandolia sought implication of corporate leaders and lobbyist Niira Radia in the 2G case as accused, saying they had participated in the alleged "covert deal" between the Tata group and Kalaignar TV.

The counsel for Chandolia told the court that Aseervatham Achary, an alleged associate of Raja, had allegedly conspired to bring Kalaignar TV on a Tata Sky DTH bouquet by acting as a conduit between Raja and Radia.

Before Chandolia began his arguments, the court dismissed his plea seeking interim bail on the ground that the CBI lacks proper sanction to prosecute him in the case.

Chandolia, an accused in 2G scam, had earlier argued before Special CBI Judge that "the sanctioning authority had acted without application of mind" to give the nod for his prosecution in the case.

He had contended that he could have been a witness instead of accused in the case.

Raja, meanwhile, too has sought to absolve himself of the blame in the case, saying he had merely followed the policy of the NDA government in allotting the 2G spectrum and that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then finance minister P Chidambaram were privy to all the policy decisions that his ministry made.