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Chandolia threatened officials to follow Raja`s diktats: CBI

Former Telecom Minister A Raja`s private secretary RK Chandolia had threatened several senior Telecom Ministry officials to ensure grant of spectrum to Swan Telecom which was ineligible for getting the spectrum licence.



New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A
Raja`s private secretary R K Chandolia had threatened several
senior Telecom Ministry officials to ensure grant of spectrum
to Swan Telecom which was ineligible for getting the spectrum
licence, CBI said today in its chargesheet on 2G scam.

The CBI probe revealed that the former minister`s aide
had pressurised senior ministry officials to allocate spectrum
licence to Swan Telecom in preference to Tata Teleservices Ltd
which, as per the DoT policy, was the preferred firm for
allocation of spectrum in Delhi.

"Accused R K Chandolia, by abusing his official
position as a public servant, pressurised and threatened R P
Aggarwal, the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing chief,
to put up the file for allocation of spectrum to Swan Telecom
Pvt Ltd," Economic Affairs Secretary R Gopalan noted in the
CBI finding while according sanction to the CBI to prosecute
Chadolia, an IES officer.

"It clearly shows his criminal conspiracy with A Raja
in getting the spectrum allocated to Swan Telecom prior to
Tata Teleservices Ltd, which did not get the spectrum in Delhi
because available spectrum here was sufficient to cater to the
requirement of only one licencee," said Gopalan`s order dated
April 1, 2011.

"Chandolia, in pursuance to the above criminal
conspiracy, also played an active role in getting the GSM
spectrum allocated to Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd in Delhi service
area by WPC wing of the Department of Telecommunication (DoT)
whereas as per the policy of DoT, the priority for allocation
of spectrum in Delhi service area was Tata Teleservices Ltd
which was a dual technology licencee," said Gopalan in his
order agreeing with the findings of CBI probe.

The CBI, during its probe, has found that Chandolia
often used to resort to strong arm tactics to pressurise
senior ministry officials in carrying out the diktat of Raja.

Gopalan`s order noted that Chandolia had devised an
"unprecedented" methodology of setting up four counters in
Sanchar Bhawan`s committee room on January 10, 2008 for grant
of Letters of Intent to various applicant telecom firms.

The Economic Affairs secretary noted that "this
methodology also negated the "spirit of simultaneous and
first-come-first-serve-policy" for allocation of spectrum.

For implementation of this unprecedented methodology,
Chandolia had gone to Telecom Ministry`s Deputy Director
General (AS) A K Srivastava on January 10, 2008 morning.

As Srivastava showed his reluctance in following the
methodology, Chandolia simply told him that "the minister
wanted to get the LoIs distributed on the same day (January
10, 2008)" from the four counters set up in the committee
room itself.

"He (Chandolia) took Srivastava in the chamber of
co-accused and erstwhile Telecom Secretary Siddartha Behura
where he, along with Behura, asked Srivastava to distribute
LoIs from the four counters on January 10, 2008 itself," the
order granting sanction to prosecute Chandolia noted.

"From this design, specially, M/s Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd
and M/s Unitech Limited were unduly benefited in order to
fixing their priority over applicants who had submitted their
applications earlier than these two companies for issue of
Unified Access Services Licenses," the order noted.

Gopalan, in his order, also noted the finding of the
of the CBI probe that Chandolia, "in collusion with Raja,
Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa and director Vinod
Goenka,Unitech Ltd Managing Director Sanjay Chandra and others
had played an active role in determining the cut-off date for
the applications for issue of UAS licenses received up to
September 25, 2007."

This was again to show undue favours to Swan Telecom
Private Limited and Unitech Ltd, Gopalan, whom CBI has listed
as one of its witnesses in the case, noted in his order.

PTI

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