CBI all set to grill Raja, Radia

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New Delhi, Dec 20: Former Telecom Minister A Raja and corporate lobbyist Nira Radia is not going to have a happy new year this time around. The multi-crore 2G spectrum scam seem to present a bag of sorrows to the tainted ex-minister. The latest comes from the CBI. The CBI is all set to send notices to both A Raja and Nira Radia for questioning on their involvement in the scam.

They will be questioned under Section 160 of the CrPC.This was followed by the high-profile raids in close to 34 places in Tamil Nadu and Delhi earlier. Sources reveal that CBI Director A P Singh has already given his go-ahead to send notices to the accused.

The list of probable people who will be questioned by the CBI next week are 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 along with several others.

The source also added, “During raids in the past 15 days in Delhi and Chennai, we have recovered several documents and evidence which we have to verify after questioning several people including A Raja and Radia. If the person ignores this notice, we can also approach the court."

The CBI is speeding up the inquiry in order to submit their report to the Supreme Court by February. “If he (Raja) joins us, we would be able to get more clues and file our report soon. We already have some evidence against him and others," said the unidentified source.

An unnamed official within the CBI also claimed that Raja needs to be questioned on his investments, money transactions, bank transactions over the past few years, his partners and other details.

The CBI had registered a case earlier when the scam broke out in October 21, 2009. It was targeted towards unnamed personnel within the Department of Telecom and related companies for allegedly siphoning off Rs 22,000 crore from the country's exchequer.

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