CBI quizzes Raja again, this time for 8 hours
The CBI, which is probing irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum and licences in 2007-08, on Monday grilled former telecom minister A Raja for around eight hours at the agency's headquarters to verify statements given to it recently by corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and businessman Sadiq Batcha.
"We wanted to verify, cross-check with A Raja the replies given to us by the others questioned by us in the case, including Radia and Batcha," said a CBI source. The CBI, as per a direction of the Supreme Court, has to submit its progress report to it by February 10.
Raja offered no comment when HT contacted him at the CBI headquarters. The CBI had this month twice interrogated Radia and Batcha in connection with their alleged role, if any, in the allocation of the licences to telecom operators in violation of the norms. Licences were granted to 122 applicants.
The probe agency had grilled Batcha about his suspected role in laundering the illegal proceeds of the scam.
The CBI questioned Raja, earlier interrogated twice by the agency, about the circumstances under which the DoT in January 2008 decided to issue Letter of Intent to only those applicants who had applied for 2G licences till September 25, 2007 on a first-come-first-served basis. He was grilled about the grant of licences to "ineligible applicants", and why no action had been taken against those licencees who sold their stakes/equities, said a CBI source.
Banihal/Udhampur/Jammu Hundreds of vehicles, stranded for four days, were allowed towards Kashmir on Friday night as one way was restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after freshly building a road stretch to replace the one washed away in flash floods, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said while all blockades were removed and traffic cleared, the major problem of washing away of the road patch at Dewal bridge near Samroli on June 21 took three-and-half-days to be cleared.
As part of our 'Walled City dictionary' series that explores the names of Old Delhi places. Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. Golcha cinema, in Daryaganj, is screening the digitally coloured version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam. The single-screen hall shut down six years ago (last movie screened was Kahani 2). Golcha came up in 1954. The theatre is now a ghost of its recent past.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a five-member high-powered panel for overall coordination of G20 meetings to be held in the union territory next year. Acting upon a communique from the Union ministry of external affairs dated June 4, the principal secretary to the J&K government, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi accorded sanction for the constitution of the five-member panel.
The National Investigation Agency on Friday conducted searches at multiple locations in Punjab in the last year's Jalalabad bomb blast case. The NIA conducted searches at 6 locations in the districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Tarn Taran and digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs) , ammunition and other incriminating documents/materials were seized.
Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said that after the Independence of the country, only for the second time assembly members from J&K can't take part in the presidential elections scheduled for next month. Earlier in 1992, when militancy was at its peak and J&K was under Governor's rule, the erstwhile state had no assembly then so legislators from J&K couldn't participate in the elections for the country's President.