I-T team from Chennai to quiz Raja today

An Income Tax department team will fly down from Chennai Wednesday to question former telecom minister A Raja in Tihar jail.

Updated: Jul 27, 2011, 09:20 AM IST

New Delhi/Chennai: An Income Tax department team will fly down from Chennai Wednesday to question former Telecom Minister A Raja in Tihar jail here, for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

The two-member team, led by an Additional Commissioner
rank officer, will quiz Raja in the afternoon at the jail
complex where he is presently lodged in judicial custody.

"Former Telecom Minister A Raja will be questioned
about certain leads in the probe Wednesday," a senior I-T
official said without elaborating yesterday.

Special CBI Judge OP Saini had allowed the I-T department`s application seeking permission to question Raja and six others on July 21.

The team, which is expected to question Raja for about two-three hours, will confront Raja with certain financial documents that the I-T has obtained during the course of its
probe.

Sources in the department however said that the questioning of Raja Wednesday will essentially be restricted to the financial details about his family and those transactions for which he was responsible in his personal capacity.
The I-T department had earlier moved three separate
applications seeking interrogation of Raja in connection with
his family income.

The other applications of the I-T pertained to the
request for questioning Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman
Balwa and Vinod Goenka and three Reliance ADAG top officials--
Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.
Balwa and others will be quizzed by the Income Tax
team from Mumbai regarding his connection with Etisalat DB,
later.

PTI