Raja and bureaucrats named in 2G probe report
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.
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, who is slated to appear before a Delhi court later this week in connection with a money laundering case, on Tuesday said Shivakumar is not aware about the contents of Enforcement Directorate's charge sheet against him and is yet to receive a copy of it. A Delhi court last month summoned him and others in a money laundering case registered against him in 2018.
Bengaluru logged 887 of Karnataka's 968 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, compared to 592 (of 617 in the state) the day before. The health department said Tuesday's positives included backlog cases which could not be ported from Indian Council for Medical Research database due to a technical glitch. Data indicated that 337 people were declared to have recovered from Covid in the state, of whom 293 were from Bengaluru.
Streets wore a deserted look and shops remained closed amid eerie calm in Udaipur on Wednesday, the first morning after a man was beheaded for supporting former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who was suspended from the party earlier this month for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
In a tragic incident, four persons including two labourers, one crane operator and a car driver, died due to a crane accident Navi Mumbai on Tuesday evening. They working at an under construction site of City and Industrial Development Corporation's Taloja phase 2 project in Navi Mumbai The accident occurred after the tower crane used to transport construction materials atop Taloja collapsed from the 14th floor and landed on them.
The NIA has arrested two accused in Jammu & Kashmir in the cross-LoC trade and terror funding case. Earlier, the NIA had conducted multiple raids across the Valley in the terror-funding case. NIA spokesman in a statement said that on Monday the NIA arrested two accused Tanveer Ahmad Wani of Achagoza, Rajpora, Pulwama and Peer Arshad Iqbal, alias Ashu of Khwaja Bagh, Baramulla.