Raja acted dishonestly to fix spectrum prices: CBI

Former Telecom Minister A Raja `deliberately and dishonestly` did not consider auction or revision of entry fee and threw away the licences of radio waves at the rate prevailing in 2001, the CBI has said.

Last Updated: Apr 04, 2011, 00:22 AM IST

New Delhi: The probe into the 2G spectrum
scam has revealed that former Telecom Minister A Raja
"deliberately and dishonestly" did not consider auction or
revision of entry fee and threw away the licences of radio
waves at the rate prevailing in 2001, depriving the government
of huge revenue, the CBI has said.

The agency alleged that a criminal conspiracy was
hatched by Raja with Managing Director of Unitech Ltd Sanjay
Chandra, Swan Telecom Promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod
Goenka, Director of Mumbai-based DB Realty, to adopt the price
of 2001 by ignoring the concerns raised by various sections of
the government.

The CBI in its charge sheet filed in a special court
yesterday said that it was only the Swan and Unitech which
conspired with Raja as "no material could be collected during
the investigation conducted so far that other UASL (Unified
Access Service Licence) applicant companies also conspired
with accused A Raja and other accused public servant not to
enhance the entry fee".

The CBI also said that despite "repeated suggestions"
from various corners of the government, Raja did not consider
auction or revision of the entry fee.

"Investigation has disclosed that accused Raja, despite
the repeated suggestions from various corners of the
government for the revision of entry fee to be charged from
the new UAS licencees and dual technology applicants,
deliberately and dishonestly did not consider auction or
revision of entry fee, and gave away licences at same fee
which was discovered in 2001," the charge sheet said.

Elaborating the criminal conspiracy between Raja,
Chandra, Balwa and Goenka, the CBI said that Raja ignored the
concerns raised and "deprived the government exchequer of
possible revenues which could have accrued, even retaining the
level playing field for the new operators."

PTI