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 last time A. Raja left Parliament, it was almost in disgrace. The telecom portfolio had been taken away from him and the threat of arrest was hanging over his head. That was more than 15 months ago. On Wednesday, Raja returned to Parliament, having spent the intervening period in Tihar Jail for his alleged role in the 2G scam.
Not that the dark clouds over his alleged involvement in the spectrum scandal have been erased, but the relief at having been granted bail a day earlier was clearly visible in his visage as the former telecom minister, dressed in a white shirt and black trousers, reached Parliament in the morning with a couple of DMK MPs in tow.
He looked cheerful as he got down from his car and went straight to the Lok Sabha. Journalists jostled for a comment from him, but Raja wasn’t in a mood to… Continue reading
A Raja, former telecom minister and prime accused in the 2G spectrum scam, got bail from a CBI special court on Tuesday and walked out after 15 months in jail.
Raja emerged from the Tihar Jail to slogan-shouting and bursting of crackers by DMK workers. The 49-year-old MP drove to his Motilal
Nehru Marg home in the capital and was ushered in with an aarti amid the beating of drums and distribution of sweets.
Raja, who was forced to resign as minister in November 2010, was the first accused to be arrested in the 2G scam — India’s biggest corruption case — and the last one to apply for and get bail.
Thirteen other accused are already out of jail.… Continue reading
New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja, an accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, on Tuesday evening walked out of the Tihar Jail, hours after being granted bail by the court of special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge O P Saini in New Delhi.
The 49-year-old DMK leader was granted bail on a surety of Rs 25 lakh after spending 15 months in jail.
Raja was the first accused to be arrested in connection with the 2G scam and was the last one to apply and get bail.
However, the DMK leader has been asked by the court to not visit Tamil Nadu without permission. He has also been directed not to visit the office of the Department of Telecom (DoT).
“Considering the progress of the trial, period of custody and the fact that all other accused have been released on… Continue reading
Chennai, May 15 — Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday said the 2G spectrum allotment scam case seemed to be getting diluted with the bail granted to former communications minister and the main accused A. Raja.
Queried about the bail granted to Raja, she told reporters here: “I am hearing about it from you only now. It definitely looks as though it is (2G case) getting diluted.”
Raja, lodged in the Tihar jail in Delhi since February 2011, was Tuesday granted bail by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge O.P. Saini.
When asked about Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s role in the Aircel-Maxis deal, Jayalalithaa said: “It is up to (Janata Party chief ) Subramanian Swamy to substantiate his allegations, and it is up to Minister Chidambaram to defend himself. In a situation like this, the only hope is the Supreme Court.”
Meanwhile, DMK party workers in Perambalur… Continue reading
Raja’s counsel told reporters that the judge called Raja towards him and told him: “Your bail application is allowed.”
“The bail application is allowed,” Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.
The court granted bail to the DMK MP on a personal bond of Rs 20 lakh and two sureties of the like amount. The court while granting bail imposed conditions on Raja that he will not visit Tamil Nadu without its prior permission… Continue reading
The CBI on Friday called for former telecom minister A. Raja to be kept behind bars because of his outsized role in the multicrore 2G spectrum scam.
The agency told special CBI judge O.P. Saini on Friday that Raja’s greed and the alleged abuse of his position as a cabinet minister had caused misery to a lot of people.
Raja has been lodged in Tihar Jail since February 2, 2011, when he was arrested for allegedly accepting bribes in return for handing out valuable 2G spectrum to undue firms at a loss to the exchequer. The former minister is the prime accused in the case and all the other 13 accused in the case are out on bail.
Former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura was the last to have been granted bail by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, prompting Raja to move his first application seeking release.
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NEW DELHI: Former telecom minister A Raja and ex-telecom secretary Siddharth Behura will be summoned to depose before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) examining the 2G scam.
“We have decided to call Raja and Behura … While the date for Raja’s appearance is not yet decided, Behura will be summoned on April 11,” JPC chairman PC Chacko told PTI today after the committee’s meeting.
Since Behura is lodged in Tihar jail, the parliamentary panel will write to the prison authorities to present the former Telecom Secretary before it.
The JPC had earlier written to Tihar authorities to present Behura before it for which the CBI court had granted permission in July last year.
But he was never actually summoned by the panel.
THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2012 23:57
PNS | MUMBAI
Pune’s MP and 2G scam accused Suresh Kalmadi, accompanied by his wife Meera, former Pune Mayor Sandeep Desai and his supporters cast his vote at a polling booth at Shyamrao Kalmadi school, located near his residence “Kalmadi House” on Karve Road.
Kalmadi, who was accorded a rousing reception when he arrived in Pune early this month days after his release on bail from the Tihar Jail in New Delhi, had deliberately kept a low profile in the run-up to the Pune Municipal Corporation poll, as he had reportedly been advised to do so by those in the ruling party. The reason: his campaigning in the PMC poll would have an adverse impact on the Congress.
However, informed sources said that Kalmadi did manage to get Congress tickets to a sizeable number of his supporters and helped them evolve their poll strategy.
Published: Thursday, Feb 2, 2012, 10:00 IST
By Kanu Sarda | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
A day after the Supreme Court set a precedent that sanction against a public official found to be corrupt should be given in four months time, former Telecom minister A Raja completes one year in Asia’s biggest Tihar jail, with no hope of getting out soon.
Raja, who CBI alleged was the mastermind behind the century’s biggest scam that caused a loss of over Rs1.76 lakh crores to the national exchequer, was arrested on February 2 along with his two close associates, amongst them Former Telecom secretary Siddharth Behura has also been in jail for a year.
The apex court had recommended the Parliament to amend the current law to ensure that sanction to prosecute a public servant is given within a period of four months or it will be… Continue reading