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2G case: Niira Radia may appear in court on May 28

PTI  New Delhi, May 09, 2013
First Published: 12:41 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 12:50 IST(9/5/2013)

Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, a key prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, is likely to appear before a Delhi court on May 28 to depose in the case.

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The CBI Thursday submitted its list of prosecution witnesses to be called for recording of their statements before the court to special CBI judge OP Saini and Radia's evidence is slated for May 28.

Radia, who was scheduled to appear in court on December 5 last year to testify as a CBI witness, had earlier sought three months time on the ground that she had reportedly undergone a surgery for a neurological ailment.

The CBI, in its charge sheet filed on April 2, 2011 against former telecom minister A Raja and others, had named Radia as a prosecution witness in the case.

Radia's statement assumes significance as she, in her statement recorded during the probe under section 161 of the CrPC (dealing with examination of witnesses) before CBI, had said that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, facing trial in the 2G case, was not "eligible" to get the Unified Access Service (UAS) Licences.

"Regarding M/s Swan Telecom, which was the only applicant to get the spectrum in Delhi circle, I would like to state that M/s Swan Telecom as applicant was not even eligible for getting a UAS licence, in view of the cross holding clause.

"To the best of my understanding it was controlled entirely by M/s Reliance Communications," Radia had told the CBI in her statement recorded by the agency on December 21, 2010.

The CBI, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL), an accused in the case, used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get licences and the costly radio waves.

Swan Telecom and its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, RTL and three top executives of Reliance ADAG --Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, along with others, are facing trial for their alleged roles in the case.

During the probe into the case, Radia had told CBI that she had talked to DMK MP Kanimozhi, also an accused in the 2G case, after the 2009 General elections.

In her statement recorded by the CBI on January 29, 2011 Radia had refuted the allegation that she had approached Kanimozhi to get telecom ministry for Raja in the Cabinet.

"During the discussion with Kanimozhi when she was in Delhi, we discussed the likely candidature from DMK for the Cabinet. As I remember, A Raja was not interested in the telecom ministry.

"Neither I approached Kanimozhi to get A Raja the ministry of telecom nor was I that competent for that big task," she had told the agency.

She had also told the CBI that former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran had "created a lot of problems to Tata Group" and thus, she was concerned about his portfolio as Tatas were the client of her PR agency.

Radia had got the contract from Tatas for public relation work which she carried out through her Vaishnavi Corporate Communications Pvt Ltd.

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