Plea for CBI probe into alleged role of Tata, Radia in 2G scam

Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 19:47

New Delhi: Claiming that the CBI had
"overlooked" the role of Ratan Tata and corporate lobbyist
Niira Radia in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, an application
has been moved in a Delhi Court seeking further investigation
into the matter.

The application was placed before Special CBI Judge O
P Saini who will hear it on May 2.
"The CBI had overlooked the role of Niira Radia and
Tata in the granting of the licence to the Tata Teleservice in
term of clear violation of the policy and procedure," the
application filed by Dharmender Pandey, a resident of
Sahibabad in Uttar Pradesh, said.

The application filed through counsel S K Singh
alleged that Radia played an active role in the grant of
licenses to Tata Teleservice.

"The CBI, much before the filing of the charge sheet
and during the course of the investigation, had information
about the violation in the granting of licenses to Tata
Teleservice under pressure and active role played by Radia,
but either deliberately or due to oversight, the CBI had
missed the vital role of other persons in terms of the
allotment of the licenses to Tata Teleservice," it said.

It also referred to the report by Justice Shivraj
Patil Committee, appointed by telecom ministry to hold inquiry
into lapse of procedures and irregularities into telecom
policy, which said that Tatas had not applied for the UAS
licenses till October 1, 2007, the last date as per the press
release by the DoT.
Pandey said that Radia had been named as a witness in
the case by the CBI despite the fact that she played an active
role in it.

"The CBI had filed the first charge sheet in the
matter on April 2... Radia had been shown as a witness
although the scam surfaced as huge only after the alleged leak
of her conversations with others," he contended.

Regarding Tata Teleservices, Pandey alleged that the
firm applied for the licenses on October 22, 2007 i.e. after
three weeks of the cutoff date.

He alleged that Tata Tele was granted UAS license
despite objection by DoT officials against inclusion of Tata`s
name after the expiry of the cutoff date.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 19:47

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