New Delhi: A well known amateur radio
operator, Dayanidhi Maran joins a growing list of top
politicians and corporate honchos to be felled by the 2G
spectrum scam in which DMK was further dealt a body blow with
its two leaders already behind bars.
Maran is the second union minister to resign after his
party colleague A Raja quit as Telecom minister in November
last in connection with the scam. Raja is lodged in Tihar jail
which also had DMK supremo Karunanidh`s daughter Kanimozhi, a
Rajya Sabha MP, among the prison inmates for their alleged
The resignation of 44-year-old Maran, a savvy
politician and grand-nephew of Karunanidhi, as Union Textiles
minister marked another episode that has charged both politics
in Delhi and Tamil Nadu from the time a string of alleged
irregularities in the telecom scam that has caused loss to the
state exchequer surfaced. He is a former Telecom minister.
At the heart of the second generation spectrum scam is
the issue of 2G licenses being allocated to private telecom
players at throwaway prices in 2008.
The CAG said the spectrum scam, in which Rules and
procedures were flouted, has cost the government Rs. 1.76 lakh
crore. Raja`s successor Kapil Sibal however contends that the
"notional" losses quoted are a result of erroneous
calculations and insists that the actual losses are nil.
Kanimozhi has been named by the CBI as a co-
conspirator with A Raja.
Former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura and Raja`s
former personal secretary and close aide RK Chandolia are
also among the accused in the 2G scam.
The corporate honchos who have been allegedly involved
in the scam are Shahid Usman Balwa, former Director of Swan
Telecom (now Etisalat DB); Sanjay Chandra, Managing Director
of Unitech Ltd and Unitech Wireless; Gautam Doshi, Group MD,
Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group(ADAG); Hari Nair, Senior
Vice-President, ADAG; Surendra Pipara, Senior Vice-President,
ADAG and Reliance Telecom Ltd and Vinod Goenka, Director, Swan