Radia link doles gains to Tata's worth Rs 29,000cr

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Gandhinagar, Mar 1: 'Tis the season of whistle blowers and with India seeing no dearth of scams and controversies, the role played by them becomes all the more relevant. The latest allegation has emerged from Gujarat when Arjun Modhvadia, a Congress MLA from Porbander claimed that it was because of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's involvement that Tata Motors could broker a deal with the Gujarat government to set up the Anon car manufacturing unit in Sanand, Gujarat.

Modhvadia made the revelation in the Gujarat Assembly and said that Tata's proximity to Radia led to them walking away with deals worth Rs 29,000 crore. In what can be called a major set back to one of India's biggest corporate houses, the Tata Group and an allegation that could shed light on the clandestine relation between politicians and corporate houses.

The MLA also claimed that he had photographs to prove the same of Ratan Tata, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Niira Radia just before they signed the so-called deal in 2008.

The furore caused in the Assembly due to Modhvadia's allegations led to the Urban Development Minister Nitin Patel requesting the comments to be deleted from the record of house proceedings.

During question hour, however Modhvadia refused to name Niira Radia and simply remarked that in order to oblige a lady from Delhi, the Gujarat government doled out benefits to the Tata's to the tune of Rs 29,000 crore.

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