2G: CBI to probe DTH broadcasters too

The CBI has started a probe into spectrum allocation made to direct-to-home broadcasters by seeking details of sanction of bandwidth in the 2G scam.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 10, 2011 2:24 am

The CBI has started a probe into spectrum allocation made to direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasters by seeking details of sanction of bandwidth in the 2G scam.

The decision to probe the DTH broadcasters was taken after agency sleuths found that some of the telecom companies,under probe in the 2G scam,were also broadcasters of the service,official sources said on Sunday. The CBI has sought details,including original files containing applications for assigning of spectrum and wireless operating licence for DTH services. The files pertain to Dish TV India Ltd,Reliance Big TV Pvt Ltd,Bharti Multi-media Ltd,Bharti Business Channel Pvt Ltd,Doordarshan,SunDirect TV Pvt Ltd and Tata Sky Ltd.

The CBI claimed it would examine the files as some of these companies were under probe in the 2G scam,which included the role of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in Aircel-Maxis deal.

The CBI is also probing possible kickbacks received by a south India-based TV channel. In its chargesheet,the CBI had alleged that DMK MP Kanimozhi,had got Kalaignar TV in the Tata Sky bouquet in conspiracy with former telecom minister A Raja.

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