Raja to appear before CBI on Dec 24, says will cooperate

A Raja is in Delhi to appear before CBI on Dec 24,where he will be quizzed about the 2G spectrum scam.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010, 22:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Telecom minister A Raja
will be appearing before the CBI in Delhi on Dec 24, where he will be interrogated in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"I made the request for (appearance on) December 24 to the CBI and they accepted it," said Raja talking to the reportes here.

The minister, who was on Monday issued summons along with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia to appear before the
agency,had yesterday said that
he was waiting for the dates from the CBI for appearing
before it.

"I am going to Delhi. I will be there for two-three days. I will cooperate with the investigating agency," Raja had told reporters at the State Guest House here before leaving
for Delhi on being asked when he would appear before the
investigating agency.

The Supreme Court has asked CBI and the Enforcement
Directorate to submit status reports on their investigations
into the 2G scam to it by February 10, when the 2G
spectrum case will come up for hearing.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in
its report to Parliament had said that the allocation of 2G
spectrum at undervalued prices had resulted in the loss of
Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

47-year-old Raja was forced to resign as Telecom
minister in the wake of the government auditor`s report.
Radia was questioned by the CBI yesterday at her South
Delhi farmhouse for four hours. Radia hit the spotlight after
her taped telephonic conversations with various influential
people including industrialists, politicians and journalists
became public.

Supreme Court is closely monitoring the multi-agency
probe in the allocation of 2G spectrum to certain telecom
firms.

It has criticised the CBI for its slow pace in the probe
and had asked why none of the high-profile people including
Raja has not being questioned so far.

PTI