‘Had warned Raja on cut-off date for UAS licences’

Appearing as a prosecution witness before the special CBI court hearing the 2G spectrum case,former telecom secretary D S Mathur said he had warned former telecom minister A Raja that fixing September 25,2007

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 12:35 am

Appearing as a prosecution witness before the special CBI court hearing the 2G spectrum case,former telecom secretary D S Mathur said he had warned former telecom minister A Raja that fixing September 25,2007,as the cut-off date for receiving UAS licences could give rise to legal complications.

Mathur said he had recorded his note on November 5,2007,as he was on tour when the minister approved the document: “…I recorded this note after seeing the order of the then Minister dated 02.11.2007 as fixing the date of 25.07.2007 may be considered arbitrary and it may give rise to legal complications later on.”

Mathur said he had not recorded his warning on file. “I took the file personally to the then Minister and told him that this decision needs to be reconsidered,though I did not record these facts on the file… When I spoke to the Minister he told me that the aforesaid decision would be reconsidered and he wanted to discuss the matter in future,” Mathur said before special CBI judge O P Saini during examination by the prosecution.

Mathur,whose term preceded that of Raja’s co-accused in the case Siddhartha Behura,is known to have differed with his minister on some matters. Prosecution witness Aseervatham Achary,a bureaucrat who was then a member of Raja’s personal staff,had told the same court in December that he had seen Raja and Mathur having an argument.

The CBI has alleged that Raja revised the original cut-off date for applications from October 1 to September 25,2007,to favour some “real estate firms” that wanted to enter the telecom business,and had applied only on September 24.

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