2G scam: CBI summons A Raja for questioning

Written by: Anita Nair
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New Delhi, Dec 20 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday sent a notice to former Telecom Minister A Raja to appear before it for questioning in connection with the 2G scam.

The move comes after the CBI raided 34 places in Delhi and Tamil Nadu on December 15 and questioned several persons informally.

The probe agency is also set to send notices lobbyist Niira Radia in connection with the scam.

The list of people the CBI is going to question this week reportedly includes former TRAI chairman Pradeep Baijal, Raja's aides R K Chandolia and A K Srivastava, Raja's brother Andimuthu Kaliaperumal, Associate Editor of 'Nakeeran' A Kamaraj and several others.

The CBI earlier searched offices of Wireless Planning Cell (WPC), the department responsible for allocating Spectrum, and the office of Deputy Director General (Access Services) of the Telecom Ministry to probe the allegations of connivance of officials with private companies in allocation of Spectrum.

Raja was forced to resign last month under considerable pressure from the Congress, which continues to be attacked in Parliament by the Opposition on corruption charges.

The 2G spectrum allocation has reportedly caused an alleged loss of Rs1.76 lakh crores to the Government, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has stated in a damning report. (ANI)

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