2G scam: CBI to seek extension of Raja’s custody

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

NEW DELHI - Former Telecom Minister A Raja’s five-day Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody in connection with the 2G scam is set to expire today.

The CBI wants the extension of custody of Raja and his two associates R.K. Chandolia and Siddharth Behura who were arrested on February 2.

Sources said that during the five days, the investigating agency has managed to piece together the money trail of the 2G scam and would use the evidence in court to seek extension of Raja’s custody.

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

Earlier, a report by a one-man commission, Justice Shivraj Patil, was handed over to new Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal. Justice Patil was asked in December to look into whether officials in the Telecom Ministry had, since 1991, violated government procedures and guidelines for allocating spectrum.

The CBI in its first information report had mentioned the loss as Rs.22, 000 crore based on the findings of Central Vigilance Commission, which had referred the case to it.

Raja was forced to resign from Union Cabinet last year after a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs.1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue. (ANI)

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