Raja`s aide, HFCL MD questioned in connection with 2G scam

The CBI questioned former telecom minister A Raja`s close aide Sadiq Batcha and HFCL Managing Director Mahendra Nahata in connection with its probe in the 2G spectrum case.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 00:48 AM IST

New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday questioned former
telecom minister A Raja`s close aide Sadiq Batcha and HFCL
Managing Director Mahendra Nahata in connection with its probe
in the 2G spectrum case.

Official sources said Nahata of Himachal Futuristic
Communications Limited (HFCL) was questioned with regard to
Datacom Services, one of the beneficiaries of 2G spectrum
allocation which was awarded to it at 2001 rates.

Nahata allegedly sold 64 per cent of equity in Datacom to
Videocon owned by Dhoots, according to the sources. The
company Datacom later became Videocon Telecommunications.
The Comptroller and Auditor General in its report had
alleged that while submitting application for 22 licences,
Datacom Solutions had made a false claim of the paid-up
capital of Rs 150 crore although documents indicated that the
authorised share capital of the company as Rs one lakh only.

The CBI also questioned Sadiq Batcha here in connection
with the finances relating to his firms and his alleged
proximity to the former telecom minister.
Batcha is the promoter of Green House Promoters, a
Chennai-based export house, which has come under the scanner
of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate in the 2G spectrum
case probe.

The probe agency had conducted searches at his official
premises late last year.

Sources said the CBI is examining if his firms could have
acted as a front for possible kickbacks in the scam. He heads
several real estate firms and the agencies are trying to find
out any money trail in the scam.

Incidentally, Shahid Balwa, MD of DB Realty, who is
currently lodged in Tihar Jail, has told the CBI that he knew
Batcha for the past few years.

PTI