CBI summons Raja for questioning

Last Updated: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 13:35

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amid reports that enough evidence has been collected against A Raja, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday sent a notice to the former telecom minister, asking him to appear before it for questioning in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

Similar notices have been sent to others including
corporate lobbyist Niira Radia while her close associate and
former Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Pradip Baijal was being questioned by the CBI sleuths today,
official sources said.

Baijal, a former Disinvestment Secretary, belonged to
the 1966 batch of IAS from Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Raja, who is in Chennai, was served notice at his
official residence under section 160 of Criminal Procedure
Code to appear before the agency for questioning.

It was not clear as to when Raja has been summoned by
the CBI.

Under this section, the person is asked to join the
investigation and share all information that he/she may have
about a case.

Commenting on the development, Raja said that its part of routine procedure and that he will meet the CBI at the convenience of both the parties.

“It is the usual procedure. I will comply with the needs," Raja told a news agency.

Sweeping raids were conducted at his residences in Delhi and Chennai on December 08, and were followed by more detailed raids at 34 places in Delhi and Tamil Nadu on December 15.

The Supreme Court is monitoring the probe.

As per reports, the CBI wants to question Raja about his financial investments and bank transactions in the past few years. He may also be questioned about his partners and aides, who were also part of the probe.

He will also be grilled on the first-come-first-serve spectrum policy of 2008 followed by him and why he chose to allocate spectrum at 2001 prices.

On October 21, 2009, CBI registered a case against "unknown officials" of DoT, and unnamed private persons and companies under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act for irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum in January 2008.

Raja was forced to quit as the telecom minister last month after a CAG report found him guilty in the 2G spectrum and circumventing the rules to favour companies who did not meet the eligibility criteria for spectrum licences. The loss - worth Rs. 1.76 lakh crore - constitutes India`s largest-ever scam

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First Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 13:35

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