Last Updated: Monday, June 11, 2012, 22:28
New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja, who spent over 15 months in Tihar jail for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum case, has suggested to the Delhi government to allow Tihar inmates use the telephone facility to consult their lawyers.
Sources in the Delhi government said Raja’s written request, which is being considered, was sent to them before he was released from the jail on May 15.
At present, prison inmates are allowed to talk to their friends and relatives.
However, they are barred from talking to their counsels and discuss the issues related to their case over the telephone.
The inmates can discuss their case with their counsels only when they meet them inside the jail premises. This becomes a constraint for inmates whose lawyers did not turn up at times, they said.
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The case was nothing but sensationalised by the media and also political parties, Raja, the dalit face of the DMK, alleged at a meeting here.
En route to his parliamentary constituency of Nilgiris, his first since his arrest in February last year, Raja said this was totally unjustifiable.
Claiming that in 2009 the CVC in its findings had put the estimated loss in allocation of 2G spectrum at Rs 22,000 crore, which was “increased” to Rs 1.76 lakh crore by CAG, he said, the investigating agency CBI had brought down the amount to Rs 35,000 crore.
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Former Telecom Minister A Raja, who is prime accused in the 2G scam, on Sunday lashed out at certain political parties and the media for ‘blowing out of proportion the false charges’ against him on the spectrum issue.
The case was nothing but sensationalised by the media and also political parties, Raja, the dalit face of the DMK, alleged at a meeting here. En route to his parliamentary constituency of Nilgiris, his first since his arrest in February last year, Raja said this was totally unjustifiable.
Claiming that in 2009 the CVC in its findings had put the estimated loss in allocation of 2G spectrum at Rs. 22,000 crore, which was ‘increased’ to Rs. 1.76 lakh crore by CAG, he said, the investigating agency CBI had brought down the amount to Rs. 35,000 crore.
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Pratibha Patil not to visit Baramati dairy owned by 2G accused Goenka
Published: Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012, 20:07 IST | Updated: Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012, 22:25 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
President Pratibha Patil has dropped her plan to visit a dairy in Baramati during her visit to Maharashtra on June 9 after it emerged that it was owned by Vivek Goenka, an accused in the 2G case.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had sent in a request to the President for visiting Baramati in Maharashtra to see the all round development made in the areas of agriculture, irrigation and town planning.
The request had also identified some of the places that the President could see during her proposed visit which included Dynamix Dairy Industries Limited (DDIL), owned by the DB group’s Goenka.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said the President would inaugurate an engineering college during her visit.… Continue reading
JPC Unlikely to Call Former Ministers on 2G Issue
PTI | New Delhi | Jun 05, 2012
The Joint Parliamentary Committee is unlikely to call former ministers, including main accused A Raja, in connection with the 2G spectrum scam as it wants to prune the number of witnesses and prepare its report by September.
There is an overwhelming view in the JPC, which has already got two extensions, that there was no need to call the former ministers as witnesses as enough material was available in the form of documents and presentations by officials to prepare its report, sources said.
The JPC had earlier decided to call all former Telecom Ministers, including Raja, before it in connection with the probe into the high-profile scam.
There were also demands within the Committee for calling Home Minister P Chidambaram in view of certain allegations against him in the spectrum allocation of 2008… Continue reading
3 Jun, 2012, 05.10PM IST, PTI
JPC on 2G to submit report in six months: Chacko
Thrissur: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G Spectrum scandal will prepare its report by December when its extended term expires, according to its chairman P C Chacko.
“We will not seek another extension. More than 50 per cent of the work is over. We will complete the rest of the work by December this year and draw up the report,” he told PTI here.
Set up in March 2011 to probe flaws in the telecom policy from 1998 to 2009 and alleged corruption and irregularities resulting from it, the JPC’s term was extended by Parliament till the end of the winter session.
Chacko, a senior Congress parliamentarian representing Thrissur in the Lok Sabha, said 50 witnesses had so far been examined by the panel.
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NEW DELHI, JUNE 1: The spectrum pricing formula suggested by both TRAI and an internal DoT committee will be presented to the Empowered Group of Minister for a final decision.
While TRAI had proposed Rs 18,000 crore as the reserve price for 5 Mhz spectrum, the DoT panel had proposed a 17 per cent higher fee.
The Telecom Commission will also present two options for deciding the quantity of spectrum to be sold.
A minimum of eight blocks each of 1.25 Mhz may be put up for auction in all service areas after reserving for re-farming.
In addition, a provision may also be inserted to make available another three blocks of 1.25 Mhz to meet the requirement of new entrants.
The second option is to put all spectrum available on the block, which includes 55 Mhz spectrum to be vacated by the Defence, according to the Minutes… Continue reading
New Delhi, May 30, 2012 (IANS)
A CBI special court here Wednesday allowed former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and five other accused in the 2G case to go abroad in June.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini allowed Behura, Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and co-promoter Vinod Goenka, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables director Asif Balwa, Cineyug Films director Karim Morani and Unitech’s managing director Sanjay Chandra to go abroad.
“The six accused are facing trial in a very serious matter and it is incumbent upon them to be available… for facing trial. However, at the same time travelling is a natural incident of human life and should not normally be denied without any valid reason,” said the court.
Accused and DMK MP Kanimozhi has moved an application seeking to visit her state Tamil Nadu on the occasion of the birthday of her father and DMK… Continue reading