Favourites allotted 2G spectrum: CBI

The allegation that 2G was allocated to a few favourites of former telecom minister A Raja was clear from CBI probe which showed that Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa obliged one of them, the CBI has said.

New Delhi: The allegation that 2G spectrum
was allocated to a few favourites of former Telecom Minister A
Raja and his associates was clear from the CBI probe which
showed that Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa obliged one of
them by taking his property on rent at an exorbitant rate, the
CBI has said.

The agency said Raja`s personal secretary R K
Chandolia, an accused in the case, had rented a south Delhi
house to one of the companies of Balwa at a monthly rent of Rs
63,000.

"Investigation has also disclosed that accused R K
Chandolia rented his residential property C-6/39, second
floor, Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi to M/S
Associated Hotels Pvt Ltd (a sister concern of M/S D B Realty
Ltd) on March 3, 2009 on a monthly rent of Rs 63,000," the
charge sheet in the case filed in a special court said
yesterday.

In order to favour Balwa, Chandolia had threatened
several senior Telecom Ministry officials to ensure grant of
spectrum to Swan Telecom which was ineligible for it, the CBI
said.
The CBI probe revealed that Chandolia put pressure on
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.

PTI

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