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2G scam: CBI may nail more

The CBI is likely to arrest few more suspects in the 2G scam before the five-day remand of former telecom minister A Raja, his former personal secretary RK Chandolia and former telecom secretary Sidharth Behura is over.

delhi Updated: Feb 05, 2011 00:20 IST
Rajesh Ahuja

The CBI is likely to arrest few more suspects in the 2G scam before the five-day remand of former telecom minister A Raja, his former personal secretary RK Chandolia and former telecom secretary Sidharth Behura is over.

A CBI teams visited offices of ‘Raja favourite’ company to verify more details that have come out during the interrogation of the three men, say sources.

Sources say investigators want to conduct a lie detector test on Raja. But for that, they will need to have Raja’s consent, which does not seem likely. When contacted Raja’s lawyer Ramesh Gupta said he had no knowledge about it.

The former telecom minister was also interrogated about his meeting with the officials of department of telecommunications (DoT) on January 10, 2008, at his official residence.

The meeting, sources say, was very crucial in the run-up to the conspiracy to favour few telecom companies. Chandoila and Behura were also present in the meeting.

Now with all three principal characters — Raja, Chandolia and Behura —in the custody, the CBI is confirming all the detail of deliberations that took place in that meeting.

According to sources, Raja has remained evasive in his responses.

The CBI team is also confronting the former telecom minister with documents relating to a money transfer that took place between a front entity of Raja favourite company and a company floated by the close aides of A Raja. According sources, more than R 200 crore changed hands in the transaction.