Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CBI gets 2-day extension of custody for A Raja

NEW DELHI: Former telecom minister A Raja was on Tuesday remanded to CBI custody for another two days for further interrogation after the agency submitted that he was not divulging any "useful information" regarding his role in the 2G scam. Raja will remain in CBI custody till February 10.
The agency said it did not want further custody of former telecom secretary Siddartha Behura and Raja's former personal secretary R K Chandolia. The two were sent to Tihar jail under judicial custody.
Earlier, the CBI produced Raja before Special CBI Judge O P Saini on expiry of his 5-day custody. The agency wanted custody for Raja for another four more days, but were given two days.
"Some more documents are to be recovered and accused A Raja is to be confronted with them," senior CBI prosecutor Akhilesh submitted.
Refuting allegations by Raja's counsel Ramesh Gupta that the agency had not disclosed to the court the outcome of the probe conducted so far in this case, Akhilesh said, "The case diary has already been submitted to the court. Each and everything cannot be disclosed in the open courtroom."
Opposing CBI's demand for four more days of Raja's custody, Gupta said, "I am not having the custody of any document, which the CBI wants to recover from me."
"Whatever documents were there, they have already been seized by them in 2009 itself," he added.
About Behura and Chandolia, the CBI counsel said the agency no longer needs their custody. "The two can be sent to Tihar Jail under judicial custody," he said.
The CBI had on February 3 rd been granted five-day custody of Raja and his two aides in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. The agency has accused the former minister of causing a loss of Rs 22,000 crore to the exchequer by favouring some telecom firms in award of the 2G spectrum licences.
This is for the first time that the CBI is directly accusing Raja of complicity in the 2G scam after it had filed an FIR against unknown officials and private persons and companies on October 21, 2009.
Though the agency has pegged the loss at Rs 22,000 crore based on the calculations made by the CVC, the CAG had in its report had projected a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
The three were arrested for allegedly abusing their official position and favouring some telecom companies in grant of licences by manipulating the procedures.

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