2G Scam: Niira Radia implicates Sharad Pawar

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Sharad Pawar
New Delhi, April 14: Niira Radia, the corporate lobbyist during her interrogation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials has alleged that NCP Supremo and Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar may be a honcho in the controversial DB Realty firm and might have pursued A Raja to issue 2G spectrum and licence to Swan Telecom.

In the statement filed by the CBI, Radia was quoted as saying, "That as per the general perception in Mumbai as well as outside DB Realties (sic) directly or indirectly (is) controlled by Sharad Pawar and his family members."

According to a report published by the Times of India, Radia is believed to have said that she did not have enough evidence to ascertain the allegations and said that Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka "are key persons in DB Realty", and "in that background, I had quoted the name of Sharad Pawar who might have pursued the matter with Raja, the then telecom minister, for showing (favour) to Swan as well as to Anil Ambani Reliance Communications in issuing of UAS (unified access service) licence and dual technology".

CBI has filed her statement as part of chargesheet in the 2G scam.

Apart from dropping the Pawar Bomb, Radia has also been reported as saying that A Raja, the disgraced former Telecom minister wanted Tata Sky, the DTH service provider to carry Kalaignar TV, a channel owned by the DMK supremo M Karunanidhi's family.

She has been reported in the chargesheet as saying, that Raja asked her to "put my efforts for getting the applications expedited with Tata Sky and Tata Communications."

She has also informed the CBI sleuths that R K Chandolia, the private secretary of A Raja, sought dealership for Jaguar, the legendary car-brand that the Tatas bought.

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