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2G scam: Ex-aide nails Raja, Kanimozhi, biz bosses

india Updated: Dec 21, 2011 00:13 IST
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Spelling trouble for A Raja, his former aide A Achary told a special CBI court Monday that the ex-telecom minister was close to Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka and Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra since the UPA-I days, when he cleared their projects as environment minister.

This was the first time a witness testified before the court about the nexus between Raja and the corporate honchos, whose firms allegedly benefited from the 2G spectrum allocation. The three, recently released on bail, are being tried in the 2G case.

Recording his testimony before special judge OP Saini, Achary said they visited Raja’s official residence in September-December 2007. He also said Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were close and frequented each other’s offices and homes. He compared the 2G licence allocation by Raja with ration shops in Tamil Nadu.

Achary, considered a key witness, identified Raja’s signatures on two letters dated November 2, 2007 addressed to the PM. “This (second) letter was dictated and typed at the official residence of Raja after 9pm and before 11.30pm. It was not usual for me to remain at Raja’s official residence at these hours. I was called to his residence by Raja on the phone,” Achary, whose testimony would continue on Tuesday, told the court.

Achary, who stood by his statement recorded before a magistrate, said Balwa, Goenka and Chandra, co-accused in the case, used to meet Raja and his ex-private secretary RK Chandolia (another co-accused) to pursue their cases with the environment ministry. Achary worked with Raja between 0ctober 1999 and October 2008 before going back to the rail ministry, his parent organisation.

Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, representing Kanimozhi, complimented him, saying, “I have heard that you are a fighter against corruption”.
Achary relied: “It is correct that I am a fighter against corruption and do not mince words as far as the fight is concerned. It is also correct that as a good citizen, I will make every sacrifice to expose corruption as and when I come across it.”

Achary, considered a key witness, identified Raja's signatures on two letters dated November 2, 2007 addressed to the Prime Minister.
"This (second) letter was dictated and typed at the official residence of Raja after 9pm and before 11.30pm. It was not usual for me to remain at Raja’s official residence at these hours. I was called to his residence by Raja on the phone," Achary, whose testimony would continue on Tuesday, told the court.

Achary, who stood by his statement recorded before a magistrate earlier, said Balwa, Goenka and Chandra, co-accused in the case, used to meet Raja and his ex-private secretary RK Chandolia (another co-accused) to pursue their cases with the environment ministry.

Achary was attached with Raja between 0ctober 1999 and October 2008 before going back to the railway ministry, his parent organisation.
During cross-examination, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, representing Kanimozhi, complimented him, saying, “I have heard that you are a fighter against corruption”.

Achary relied: “It is correct that I am a fighter against corruption and do not mince words as far as the fight is concerned. It is also correct that as a good citizen, I will make every sacrifice to expose corruption as and when I come across it.”