Wednesday, February 2, 2011

'Bias' towards Swan Telecom clinched case against Raja

The ineligibility of Swan Telecom and the favours shown to it, and the delay of a month on Tata Teleservices’ application for allocation of 2G spectrum, putting it at a disadvantage, were the main focus of the CBI probe that led to the arrest of former telecom minister A Raja and his two key aides today.

The CBI is in the process of mounting a case of “criminal misconduct” against the ex-minister and is expected to list the reported favours he showed to private players, including Swan Telecom, during a crucial one-week period when “shuffled the pack” of applicants and allotted spectrum at 2001 rates, allegedly causing a huge loss to the national exchequer.

Top CBI officials made it clear that while their probe into the disproportionate assets of the arrested ex-minister and his aides and the issue of kickbacks in allocation of the Unified Access Service (UAS) licences was still on, they already had a very strong case against the DMK leader as far as the “partiality” shown to Swan Telecom was concerned.

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