A former aide of A Raja and key witness in 2G spectrum case on Wednesday failed to recall in a Delhi court if the ex-telecom minister had discussions on telecom issues with his erstwhile senior cabinet colleagues Pranab Mukherjee and P Chidambaram before sending the letters to the Prime Minister in November and December 2007.
Raja’s former additional private secretary Asheervatham Achary said he did not remember if the former minister had discussed telecom issues with Mukherjee and Chidambaram before writing letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November and December 2007 on issues related to spectrum auctioning.
“I am not able to recollect if around November 2, 2007, and December 26, 2007, there were discussions of A Raja with the finance minister (Chidambaram) and the external affairs minister (Mukherjee),” Achary told special judge OP Saini.
Raja had written letters to the Prime Minister on November 2, 2007, regarding cut-off date for applications for the 2G licences. He had also written to the PM on December 26, 2007, detailing procedures to be adopted for distribution of Letter of Intents (LoIs) and first-come-first serve (FCFS) basis.
Not a ‘tailor-made’ witness
Achary, denied in a Delhi court that his statement to CBI was “tailor-made” and that he was being used as a “willing tool” to falsely implicate Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra.
Chandra’s counsel RS Cheema put Raja’s former additional private secretary Achary asked him if CBI decided to falsely implicate his client in the case for “extraneous reasons” and if he was “tutored” by the agency to make a statement before the magistrate.
“I do not know if at the fag end of the investigation, CBI decided to falsely implicate Sanjay Chandra in this case for extraneous reasons. It is wrong to suggest that in this, I became a willing toll in the hands of CBI and owned a tailor-made statement under section 161 CrPC (to CBI),” Achary told special CBI judge OP Saini.