In a crackdown as part of the 2G spectrum scam probe, CBI today searched 34 offices and residences of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, former TRAI Chairman Pradip Baijal, siblings of ex-Telecom Minister A Raja and an NGO linked to DMK MP Kanimozhi.
A CBI official claimed that some "incriminating documents" were recovered during the raids at 27 places in Tamil Nadu and seven places in Delhi and Noida. The premises of alleged Hawala dealers Mahesh Jain and Alok Jain alias Bobby, who are brothers, were also raided.
The premises of Kamaraj, Associate Editor of Tamil magazine 'Nakkeran' in Chennai, Raja's brother and sister near Tiruchirappalli and Tamil Maiyam, an NGO in which Kanimozhi, daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, is on the Board of Directors were among those searched. Kamaraj is considered close to Raja.
Tamil Maiyam, which describes itself as a registered Indian non-profit organization, is headed by Rev.Jegath Gasper Raj.
The investigating agency also swooped down on the premises of Raja's auditor Subramanyam and also auditor of Kanimozhi's mother Rajathi.
At Tiruchirappalli, CBI officials raided the residence of a private TV channel reporter G L Narasimhan, considered a close associate of Raja.
The raids come a week after the searches in the homes of Raja in Delhi and in his native place Perambalur and a number of others.
During the course of the day, the CBI also roped in Enforcement Directorate officials to probe whether there was a possible violation of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), sources in the investigating agency said.
Radia, Baijal, Jain brothers and the kin of Raja were questioned during the raids, the sources said, adding that the former TRAI Chairman had also been taken from his Noida house to his company, a subsidary of Radia's Vaishnavi Corporate Communications.
Giving details about the raids being conducted by the CBI, its Deputy Inspector General and spokesperson Bineeta Thakur said searches at the residential and official premises of several companies, their directors and Baijal were conducted as part of the follow up of searches conducted on December eight in connection with the ongoing investigation into the allocation of unified access service licences.
"Searches conducted so far at around 34 places in Tamil Nadu, Delhi and NOIDA (UP) have led to the recovery of incriminating documents," she told reporters in New Delhi.
Radia's office--Vaishnavi Corporate Communications in Central Delhi--and her farm house in South Delhi were among the first of the premises to be raided, sources said, adding some of the persons who had been closely associated with the handling of accounts and funds of Raja were also been searched by the agency.
The residence of Baijal, who retired in 2006 after serving as TRAI chairman for nearly three years, was being also searched in connection with the scam in which CBI has registered a case of loss of Rs 22,000 crore to the exchequer.