2G scam: Raja in CBI custody for two more days

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (ANI): A Delhi court on Tuesday granted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) two more days custody of former Telecom Minister A. Raja in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

The investigating agency had asked the court for a four-day extension, but was granted only two days. Raja has already spent five days in custody.

Raja's associates RK Chandolia and Siddharth Behuria who were arrested on February 2, have been sent to 14 days judicial custody.

The Supreme Court has asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to submit the status reports on their investigations into the 2G scam to it by February 10, when the case will come up for hearing.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Shivraj Patil submitted the report to Union Communication and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal last Monday.

The Justice Patil Committee was appointed in December to look into whether officials in the Telecom Ministry had violated government procedures and guidelines for allocating spectrum since 1991.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its first information report, had mentioned the loss as Rs.22, 000 crore based on findings of the Central Vigilance Commission.

Raja was forced to resign from the Union Cabinet last year after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) faulted him for undervaluing spectrum to favour companies who were largely ineligible for 2G spectrum, and added that the government had probably lost Rs.1.76 lakh crore in estimated revenue. (ANI)

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