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2G spectrum scam: ED may summon Raja's close aides

delhi Updated: Nov 25, 2010 23:26 IST
Nira Radia

After grilling corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, the Enforcement Directorate may summon certain government officials including R K Chandolia and A K Srivastava--both considered close to ex-Telecom Minister A Raja--in connection with its probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

Chandolia, who was personal secretary to Raja at the time of the controversial spectrum allocation in 2008, was sent back to his parent department--Indian Economic Services-- within days of the new Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal taking charge. Radia was questioned for seven hours on Wednesday.

Srivastava, senior deputy director general (Access Services), is also understood to have been shifted from his current position. This however could not be confirmed.

Official sources said today the possibility of ED issuing summons to Chandolia and Srivastava soon was not being ruled out.

Meanwhile, sources said the ED, which has already issued summons to certain firms which bagged the spectrum in 2008, are currently sifting through several thousand pages of documents submitted by the firms during their first round of questioning.

The ED probe into the case is expected to unravel the murky trail of suspected money laundering allegedly linked with the spectrum allocation.

The ED while questioned Radia focussed on her alleged links with telecom firms and her dealings with Raja who had to resign after the scathing report on the spectrum allocation by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

While the ED had registered a case under prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the CBI is also probing the alleged scam.

The CBI had recently told the supreme Court that they will file a chargesheet in the case within three months.

The agency had also said it will take two months time to complete the investigation as it was examining transcripts relating to 5,000 calls (out of which 3,800 have been analysed), 6,000 files and 80,000 pages of documents.