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Bank transfer nailed Raja

delhi Updated: Feb 02, 2011 23:58 IST
2G spectrum

The CBI had recovered a crucial piece of evidence in the third week of October last year helped the agency nail the former telecom minister.

According to sources, the probe agency got direct evidence of money changing hands to favour one of the applicant companies for the 2G spectrum.

Investigators got evidence of a direct bank transfer in crores from a front company of a telecom operator, to a company promoted by the close aides of A Raja. The evidence was recovered when A Raja was still the telecom minister.

Raja resigned on November 14 last year. Now after the arrest of A Raja the CBI will try to link the bank transfer
directly with the former telecom minster.

As far as the conspiracy part of the case is concerned, it was the happenings of January 10, 2008, the day the department of telecom (DoT) allocated the licenses and

2G spectrum, which really proved to be undoing of A Raja, his former personal secretary RK Chandolia and former
telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura.

According to sources, Raja had called a meeting of his trusted DoT officials on the morning of January 10 at his residence. The conspiracy to favour a few companies was already in place. The morning meeting helped the accused to fine-tune their strategy for the day. Sources confirmed that the morning meeting was attended by Behura and Chandolia.

Sources said the favoured companies of the former telecom minister were also informed immediately that the DoT will issue a press release later that day, which were already ready with their bank drafts for the license fee. According to sources, RK Chandolia instructed DoT officials to collect documents of two companies in his chamber in Sanchar Bhawan.

Investigators have got evidence that after completion of formalities of these two companies, Chandolia asked the DoT officials to collect application and other documents from other applicants.