Raja again quizzed by CBI

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New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) CBI today questioned formerTelecom Minister A Raja for the fourth time in connection withthe funding and allegedly showing favours to some telecomcompanies in granting 2G spectrum between October 2007 and2008.

Raja, who was questioned earlier on December 24 and 25last year and January 31, was called to the CBI office thismorning and quizzed, official sources said.

The DMK MP would be confronted with some questions anddocuments recovered from the computers seized during raidsconducted by the investigation agency earlier at his premises.

Raja was on earlier occasions questioned at length onthe circumstances leading to spectrum allocation which hasbeen criticised severely by the Central Vigilance Commissionand the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

He was also asked about his conversations withcorporate lobbyist Niira Radia and the reasons of advancingthe cut-off date of allocation of the spectrum in 2007.

Raja was forced to resign on November 14 last year inthe wake of the CAG report which held that the spectrumallocation at undervalued prices resulted in a notional lossof Rs.1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer.

Raja got the telecom portfolio on May 18, 2007 and wasre-elected as a Member of the 15th Lok Sabha and continuedas Telecom Minister from May 31, 2009, till November 14, 2010before he tendered his resignation.

The Supreme Court has asked CBI and EnforcementDirectorate to submit status reports on their investigationsinto the 2G spectrum case to it by February 10 when the casewill come up for further hearing.

In its FIR, CBI mentioned the loss as Rs 22,000 crorebased on CVC findings which had referred the case to it.

Radia was quizzed by CBI last week as she had comeunder the scanner after her tapped telephonic conversationswith various influential people including industrialists,politicians and journalists became public.

CBI has also questioned former Telecom RegulatoryAuthority of India (TRAI) chief Pradip Baijal, a 1966 batchIAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, and former TelecomSecretaries Siddarth Behura and D S Mathur in connection withthe case.

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