Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2G scam: Raja to be produced in court today

2G scam: Raja to be produced in court today
Former Telecom Minister A Raja is expected to be produced in court today after his arrest on Wednesday to facilitate the government's inquiry into the 2G spectrum scam.

The former Minister and his his ex-associates R K Chandolia and Siddharth Behura were arrested by the CBI on Wednesday on charges that they allegedly did not follow right procedures in the grant of 2G licences and spectrum to telecom companies, thereby causing the national exchequer losses running into thousands of crores.

According to the CBI, Raja and his associates abused their official position to manipulate the tendering process by advancing cut-off dates, asking licencees to deposit fees within a week, and introducing an arbitrary first-come-first-served principle that benefited some firms.

The 47-year-old five-time MP was arrested after daylong questioning at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. His former personal secretary R K Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura were questioned along with him, at the end of which all three were arrested.



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