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Raja and bureaucrats named in 2G probe report

Former Supreme Court judge Shivaraj Patil's report into massive telecom licence makes allegations against bureaucrats. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal says his ministry would study the report and decide what action needs to be taken.
Agencies | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2011 02:51 PM IST

Former telecom minister A Raja and at least seven bureaucrats have been reportedly named in the report submitted by a former judge who investigated allotment of telecom licences for 2G spectrum.

Siddhartha Behura, former secretary of the department of telecom, and seven other officials of DoT have been named in former Supreme Court judge Shivaraj Patil's report. R K Chandolia, a confidant, of Raja has also been named, said TV reports.

"We have identified the officials on whose part either there was deficiency or violation or lapse," Patil told reporters after submitting his report to the government.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said his ministry would study the report and decide what action needs to be taken.

Patil was investigating shortcomings and lapses in the 2G licensing process after a government audit in November said the government had awarded licences too cheaply in some cases, possibly costing the state $39 billion in revenue.

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