CBI portrays Tatas as victim in 2G scam, Balwa to court
Tatas are being portrayed by CBI as the "victim" in 2G spectrum scam but they are the greatest beneficiary in the allocation of the radio waves during the tenure of A Raja as Telecom Minister, a Delhi Court was told today.business Updated: May 18, 2011 20:50 IST
Tatas are being portrayed by CBI as the "victim" in 2G spectrum scam but they are the greatest beneficiary in the allocation of the radio waves during the tenure of A Raja as Telecom Minister, a Delhi Court was told on Wednesday.
Shahid Usman Balwa, promoter of Swan Telecom and accused in the case, alleged CBI was trying to shield Tatas by giving them a clean chit and portraying that Balwa's company benefitted the most in the 2G spectrum allocation.
Seeking to buttress the allegations, Balwa's counsel Vijay Agarwal, said how Tatas could be a victim when they were in good terms with Raja and Ratan Tata had praised the former Telecom Minister on the entire episode of 2G.
"Tatas never had any strained relations with Raja. In fact, he (Ratan Tata) had written to Raja praising him that he has been rational, fair and action-oriented," he submitted before special CBI judge O P Saini.
While alleging that CBI was shielding Tatas, he said "CBI's heart beats for Tatas".
He questioned the projection of Tatas as clean while relying on the statement of coporate lobbyist Niira Radia that the Tata trust donated Rs 50 crore to a hospital in Raja's constituency in Tamil Nadu and "Tatas were being pursued for taking Kalaignar TV in the Tata Sky bouquet".
CBI said "Tata, which was an exisiting licencee, sought to have dual technology. Its file was delayed by 35 days and it was shown that Swan Telecom has been issued licence for Delhi circle."
The agency has alleged in its charge sheet that Tata Tele Services Ltd and Spice Communications, which were having priority over Swan Telecom in terms of dual technology approvals, were "unreasonably deprived" of allocation of spectrum for Delhi circle.
First Published: May 18, 2011 20:41 IST