CBI quizzes Raja again, this time for 8 hours

The CBI today 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. HT reports.
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Updated on Feb 01, 2011 01:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

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.

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