Raja allowed to appear before court via video-conferencing

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 17:46

New Delhi: Jailed former Telecom Minister
A Raja`s plea to participate in the proceedings in the 2G
spectrum allocation scam case against him through video-
conferencing was on Tuesday allowed by a Delhi court.

"In view of the fact that electronic video linkage is
available both in the Patiala House court as well as in the
Tihar jail and nothing contrary has been brought to my notice,
the prayer is allowed," Special CBI Judge OP Saini said.

Raja had moved the court yesterday seeking that his
remand proceedings be conducted through video-conferencing.

The application filed by senior advocate Ramesh Gupta
on behalf of Raja also raised the security concerns of the
ex-telecom minister, while pleading to let his client
participate in the court proceedings through video
conferencing.

The judge accepted the plea as the CBI too did not
oppose it.

Raja is currently lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial
custody till March 3.

Raja was arrested on February 2 for his alleged role
in the 2G scam, which, as per the CBI, has caused a pecuniary
loss of Rs 22,000 crore to the state exchequer.

The former minister is alleged to have manipulated rules
to favour some telecom companies including Swan Telecom and
Unitech Private Limited in allocation of spectrum at
throwaway prices.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 17:46

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