Thursday, February 3, 2011

2G scam: CBI given five-day custody of Raja, Behura and Chandolia

NEW DELHI: The CBI on Thursday accused former telecom minister A Raja of causing a loss of Rs 22,000 crore to the exchequer by favouring some telecom firms in award of the 2G spectrum licences and demanded his custody for five days, which a city court granted.

Raja, former telecom secretary Siddartha Behura and Raja's former personal secretary R K Chandolia, were produced before special CBI judge O P Saini a day after they were arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

( Read: Raja, ex-telecom secy, key aide arrested; linked to Swan, Unitech )

Wearing a grey safari suit, the 47-year-old DMK MP appeared cool and composed and greeted the judge with folded hands.

His counsel Ramesh Gupta sought time for a private conversation with Raja, which the judge allowed for ten minutes.

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