New policy arbitrarily introduced, says CBI
The CBI, has established that the accused including former telecom minister A Raja and his personal secretary RK Chandolia had not only allegedly introduced the arbitrary policy of FCFS, they had also violated it by replacing it with a policy of First- Compliance-with-LOI.delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2011 00:31 IST
In the ongoing investigation in the 2G scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has established that the accused including former telecom minister A Raja and his personal secretary RK Chandolia had not only allegedly introduced the arbitrary policy of First-Come-First-Served (FCFS), they had also violated it by replacing it with a policy of First- Compliance-with-LOI (Letter of Intent).
Policy of First- Compliance-with-LOI was arbitrarily introduced on January 10, 2008, the same day when the LOIs were to be issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for issuance of unified access service licences and spectrum in 122 circles to benefit some of the applicants including Swan Telecom, according to a CBI source who is not authorised to speak on the issue.
“The accused persons, including DOT officials, had leaked the information on the introduction of the First- Compliance-with-LOI policy in violation of the FCFS policy, which in itself was unfair, to a selected few companies that were therefore ready with the fees amount," said the source.
"We have evidence showing that RK Chandolia had insisted on opening four counters in a particular manner at DoT office to distribute the LOIs and for compliance of it on the same date in a particular manner that helped a selected few. This was because neither the LOIs were distributed simultaneously nor on First-Come-First-Served basis as the DOT had promised," said the source.
According to the source, Chandolia had allegedly also "monitored the receipt of applications and was instrumental in deciding the cut-off date."
This finding would form part of the agency's proposed charge sheet in the case, the source said.
The source added that the CBI chargesheet may not mention Rajya Sabha MP K Kanimozhi, though her name will be included in the supplementary chargesheet.
“The charge sheet will name as accused A Raja, former telecom secretary Sidharth Behura, Raja's aide RK Chandolia and Swan Telecom’s former managing director Shahid Balwa under charges including criminal conspiracy, forgery and misuse of office,” said the source.