CBI looks into Balwa-Huawei connection
The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to register a FIR on alleged breach of national security in the 2G spectrum scam case.delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2011 00:36 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to register a FIR on alleged breach of national security in the 2G spectrum scam case.
The CBI's probe on the scam's national security angle, which included scrutiny of the minutes of the meetings in 2010 of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), has revealed an allegedly "suspicious instance of foreign collaboration undertaken by a recipient" of the spectrum and telecom licences in 2007/8.
"Swan Telecom Limited, which became Etisalat DB Telecom Private Limited …has a back-end technical tie-up with a Chinese telecom company that is under scanner of the country's security agencies," said a CBI source.
The agency's concern was owing to the fact that Huawei's (the Chinese company) "founder was a former officer of China's People's Liberation Army's engineering corps," said the source. He added that Huawei allegedly "has the capability to remotely manipulate the equipments it supplies to its clients."
"The Etisalat Group also has 23.4 % voting share interest in Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited in Pakistan and a subsidiary in Afghanistan," said the officer.
He added that the ministry of home affairs had on April 9, 2010, also intimated the FIPB that a scam accused arrested by the CBI, Shahid Balwa should not be associated with Etisalat.
The FIPB had in September 2010, rejected Etisalat’s proposal for the purchase of its equity shares worth R380.49 crore by Emirates Telecommunications.
"The FIPB's rejection of the proposal was based on MHA's objections," said the source.
Delhi govt appoints special court
The Delhi high court appointed a special court to conduct the trial of 2G-spectrum scam on the lines of the SC directions. Delhi Government issued a notification designating Om Prakash Saini as a special judge to "undertake the trial of cases in relation to all matters pertaining to 2G scam exclusively."