Monday, February 28, 2011

Key papers in 2G scam missing: CBI to court

New Delhi: Some crucial documents of a telecom firm given to department of telecom (DoT) for allocation of 2G spectrum to it and forming key evidence in the scam has gone missing from the department, CBI told a court on Monday.
“The documents submitted by one telecom company to DoT for allocation of spectrum, on the basis of which their (telecom firm’s) priority was to be determined, are reported to be untraceable and could not yet be traced or recovered,” CBI told Special CBI judge O P Saini. CBI made the submission in its reply opposing the bail plea of former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura who was arrested with ex-telecom minister A Raja on February 2 for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
CBI opposed the bail plea also saying “some more documents are yet to be recovered” be them.
Detailing the alleged role of Behura in the 2G scam, CBI said Raja and Behura had abused their official position as “public servants”. “Raja and Behura, by abusing their official positions as public servants and thereby ignoring the serious issues raised by the concerned section for further verification of eligibility conditions of Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, have dishonestly approved the file on January 9, 2008 for issue of Letters of Intent (LoI) for 13 telecom service areas,” CBI said. PTI
Raja seeks judicial proceedings through video-conferencing: Wary of being transported with hardcore undertrials in a crowded jail van, former telecom minister A Raja on Monday moved a Delhi court seeking to conduct judicial proceedings through video-conferencing in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case. In an application filed before special CBI judge O P Saini, Raja said that he be allowed to appear before the court via video-conferencing. PTI

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