CBI hunts for Swan allocation papers

  • Sumit Saxena, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 18, 2011 23:36 IST

In the ongoing investigation in the 2G spectrum scam, the CBI is now hunting for allocation licence papers, as these documents could “establish” the criminal conspiracy between former telecom minister A Raja and Swan telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, who awarded the Unified Access Services (UAS) licence to Swan telecom.

According to the sources familiar with investigation, the document could have been destroyed in wake ongoing probe.

“This document is believed to be in the office of Department of Telecommunications (DoT). It is yet to be traced to determine the channel of endorsements made while giving the licence to Swan telecom,” said a source in the CBI.

Citing the Swan collusion with DoT officials, the agency in its remand application said, “As the documents submitted by one telecom company to DoT for allocation of spectrum on the basis of which their priority was to be determined, could not yet be traced/recovered".

Meanwhile, Balwa was sent to 14 days judicial custody.

Demanding his judicial custody, the CBI said, “The accused is required to be kept in judicial custody, as there is every likelihood of tampering of documents and win over witnesses”.

Emphasising the need to recover documents to confirm the criminal conspiracy, the CBI in its remand application said, “The same (documents) are essentially required to reach at a logical conclusion and to complete the chain of events”.

The CBI sources further added these licence documents would be instrumental in preparing a watertight chargesheet against the accused. 

The CBI told the special judge OP Saini that both Raja and Bawa are “continuously evasive in answering the questions and hiding the real facts in the light of facts and circumstances of the case regarding criminal conspiracy, trail of money, quid-pro-quo”.


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