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Front cos, Radia tapes face Raja on day 2

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2010 00:14 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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Former telecom minister A Raja, grilled for the second day by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday was questioned about some of the companies which didn’t get telecom licences on January 10, 2008, the day licences and spectrum were allocated in a hurry.

During interrogation some of his conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia were also played and he was grilled in detail about them.

Sources in the CBI believe that at least one company, which didn’t get a licence, was acting as a front of another company which eventually got the Unified Access Service (UAS) licence and 2G spectrum. Sources say both these companies ended up with the same owner.

Investigators had seized, during raid in October 2009, the files of some of those companies whose applications for the UAS license were rejected by the department of telecommunication (DoT).

When asked whether Raja is cooperating with investigators, an officer of the probe agency said on the condition of anonymity that he has no option as some of his former aides have sang a lot about his role.

The two-day questioning of Raja was on the basis of what the probe agency had seized in October, 2009 raids.

The CBI had raided two units — Access Services Cell and Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing — of the department of telecommunications (DoT) on October 21, 2009.