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2G case: Radia says talked to Raja,Kanimozhi

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Posted: July 19, 2013 1:14 am

Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia on Thursday told the special CBI court hearing the 2G spectrum cases that she had conversations with RK Chandolia,former telecom minister A Raja’s private secretary,who informed her about allotment of spectrum in four states.

“In (transcripts)… I am speaking to RK Chandolia wherein he was informing me about allotment of spectrum in four states,on which I asked him not to do that because Tatas wanted the spectrum to be released in all the states,” she said.

She also said that she had spoken to Raja and to DMK MP Kanimozhi regarding Cabinet formation.

During her cross examination on Thursday before Special CBI Judge OP Saini,Radia said that the MD of Tata Communications had held meetings with Raja at his residential office in November 2008,and that Radia herself had attended “a few of these meetings on behalf of Tatas.” She also testified that in November 2007,Ratan Tata had given her a sealed cover which was to be handed over to DMK leader M Karunanidhi.

Radia also told the court that details of discussions held in the DoT in 2007-08 were being leaked to the media.

The court also reserved its order on a plea filed by Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy to summon the reply filed by A Raja before the Joint Parliamentary Committee probing the issue,as evidence in the case. The order is now expected to be pronounced on July 23.

During the arguments on Thursday,Swamy told the court that Raja’s statement given before the JPC was not a privileged or confidential document and it could be summoned.

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