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CBI portrays Tatas as victim in 2G scam, Balwa tells court

Tatas are being portrayed by CBI as the "victim" in 2G spectrum scam but they are the greatest beneficiary in the allocation of the radio waves during the tenure of A Raja as Telecom Minister, a Delhi Court was told.



New Delhi: Tatas are being portrayed by CBI
as the "victim" in 2G spectrum scam but they are the greatest
beneficiary in the allocation of the radio waves during the
tenure of A Raja as Telecom Minister, a Delhi Court was told on Wednesday.

Shahid Usman Balwa, promoter of Swan Telecom and accused
in the case, alleged CBI was trying to shield Tatas by giving
them a clean chit and portraying that Balwa`s company
benefitted the most in the 2G spectrum allocation.

Seeking to buttress the allegations, Balwa`s counsel
Vijay Agarwal, said how Tatas could be a victim when they were
in good terms with Raja and Ratan Tata had praised the former
Telecom Minister on the entire episode of 2G.
"Tatas never had any strained relations with Raja. In
fact, he (Ratan Tata) had written to Raja praising him that he
has been rational, fair and action-oriented," he submitted
before special CBI judge O P Saini.

While alleging that CBI was shielding Tatas, he said
"CBI`s heart beats for Tatas".

He questioned the projection of Tatas as clean while
relying on the statement of coporate lobbyist Niira Radia that
the Tata trust donated Rs 50 crore to a hospital in Raja`s
constituency in Tamil Nadu and "Tatas were being pursued for
taking Kalaignar TV in the Tata Sky bouquet".
CBI said "Tata, which was an exisiting licencee, sought
to have dual technology. Its file was delayed by 35 days and
it was shown that Swan Telecom has been issued licence for
Delhi circle."

The agency has alleged in its charge sheet that Tata Tele
Services Ltd and Spice Communications, which were having
priority over Swan Telecom in terms of dual technology
approvals, were "unreasonably deprived" of allocation of
spectrum for Delhi circle.

PTI

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