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Now, ED summons Raja & Co

Widening the ambit of probe in the 2G scam, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to the accused who had been earlier chargesheeted by CBI in the matter.

delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2011 01:31 IST
Rajesh Ahuja

Widening the ambit of probe in the 2G scam, the Enforcement Directorate has issued summons to the accused who had been earlier chargesheeted by CBI in the matter.

Those issued summons include former telecom minister A Raja, his former private secretary RK Chandolia, former telecom secretary Sidharth Behura, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech managing director Sanjay Chandra and Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair of Reliance ADAG Group.

Apart from these individuals, three companies - Unitech, Reliance Telecom and Swan Telecom- chargesheeted by the CBI have also been summoned by the ED.

ED sources said they have got details of some of the properties acquired by the accused in the 2G scam and therefore summons have been issued to know what the source of money for acquiring these properties was.

The summons have been issued under the prevention of money laundering act (PMLA).

Raja, Balwa, Behura and Chandolia are in judicial custody as they were arrested by the CBI during the 2G probe. Investigators will seek permission of the court to question these four accused.

The rest of the accused have been summoned for the next week.

The sources also disclosed that the role of Siva Group headed by S Sivsankaran is being looked into by the ED in the 2G scam.

According to ED investigators, the Siva Group indirectly provided funds to telecom company S Tel which got the unified access services license (UAS) under A Raja.

Investigations have revealed that funds were provided to S Tel through group company Hitech Housing Projects Pvt Ltd and the same company provided loan of Rs 50 crore to the DMK first family owned Kalaignar TV in June 2007 through two intermediary companies.

The Siva Group earlier promoted telecom company Aircel Limited.

But later, the group sold its stake and exited from the company. Sources said they are also investigating Aircel for the alleged foreign exchange management act violations.

Sources said the acquisition of Allianz Infratech (which got the UAS license for MP and Bihar in 2008) by Swan Telecom through DB Group Companies is also being probed.

Two Mauritius-based companies Delphi Investment and Mavi Investment are also under the scanner.

According to sources, Swan Telecom was incorporated on July 13, 2006. Reliance Telecom Ltd held 9.9% of Swan's equity when the company applied for the UAS license.

Investigators suspect the same holding was transferred to Delphi Investment Limited of Mauritius on December 5, 2007.

Investigation revealed Delphi was incorporated on October 15, 2007 and it was owned by Mavi Investment Fund Ltd based in Mauritius. Probe is on to ascertain the persons behind these companies as Delphi still holds 4.27% equity in Swan Telecom.

Public prosecutor
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is likely to pass an order on Monday regarding appointment of a special public prosecutor for holding the trial of A Raja and others in case.