A Raja

A Raja’s declared assets not even decimal fraction of 2G scam’s Rs 1.76 lakh crore figure

A Raja’s declared assets not even decimal fraction of 2G scam’s Rs 1.76 lakh crore figureA Raja, former union telecom minister who allegedly played the key role in the Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G scam, claims to have a family asset value of just Rs 3.61 crore.

Filing his nomination on Wednesday, Raja declared along with other members of his family had inherited property under the Hindu Undivided Family worth only Rs 3,61,29,915. DMK has once again fielded Raja from the Nilgiris Parliamentary constituency.

No evidence against me in the 2G scam: A. Raja

A-RajaNew Delhi, March 14 : DMK leader A. Raja said Friday he is innocent and there is no evidence against him in the alleged irregularities in allocating 2G spectrum, adding the government did not defend the accusations well enough.

"Two things are very clear... there is no exchequer loss and there is no illegal wealth with me. Despite of that, people are saying there is a big scam," he said.

"No evidence has come out against me," he said.

He said government did not argue the case well enough at any of the forums.

Government concludes 2G spectrum auction

Government concludes 2G spectrum auctionThe government of India has concluded the auction for 2G spectrum for the telecom service providers in the country.

Estimates have shown that the government might have received an estimated Rs. 61,000 crore form the sale of spectrum to telecom service providers in the country. The government will immediately recieve about Rs. 15,296 crore, which is about 25 per cent of the total proceeds for the spectrum. The spectrum auction went on for ten days till Thursday for the 900 MHz and 1,800 MHz bands. The auction included 68 rounds of bidding and counterbidding.

DoT requests SC to extend telecom licences

DoT requests SC to extend telecom licencesThe Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India seeking extension of telecom licences till after the second round of spectrum auctions.

Telecom operators stand to lose their existing licences after 18th of January.

However, the DoT is going to provide only a partial relief to telecom operators whose licences are expiring on 18th of this month because the department has also suggested that operators would be charged for spectrum from January 19.

BJP wants JPC to focus on top government functionaries in 2G case

BJP wants JPC to focus on top government functionaries in 2G caseThe list of witnesses to be examined by the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) in the 2G spectrum scam has become the bone of contention between the BJP-led Opposition and the ruling side in the JPC.

BJP had submitted a list of fifteen names, but the committee stretched the list to a whopping 107 names. BJP alleged that the ruling side in the committee included irrelevant names in the list with a sole aim to blunt the probe and turn attention away from the top government functionaries.

2G case witness says he isn’t under CBI pressure

Former 2Gsenior Department of Telecom (DoT) official A K Srivastava has rebutted former telecom minister A Raja’s accusation that he is deposing falsely on certain aspects of the 2G scam case because he is under pressure of the CBI.

Srivastava, a former Deputy Director General of DoT, is a key witness in the alleged 2G scam case.

Sushil Kumar, Raja's lawyer in the case, cross-examined Srivastava on Tuesday. The lawyer asked Srivastava why he hadn’t told the central investigating agency earlier that Raja’s private secretary Chandolia had asked him if the department had received Unitech Group's applications for the 2G spectrum.

Delhi court grants bail to former telecom minister A Raja

Delhi court grants bail to former telecom minister A RajaA court in Delhi has granted bail to former telecom minister A Raja after more than 15 months of his arrest in the 2G spectrum case.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini said that the bail application of A raja has been accepted. The bail comes as the court accepted the application on a personal bond of Rs 20 lakh and two sureties of the same amount.

Supreme Court extends validity of 122 2G licenses till September 7

Supreme Court extends validity of 122 2G licenses till September 7The Supreme Court of India has extended the validity of the 122 telecom licenses, which was earlier cancelled, till September 7 and has ordered the government to hold fresh auctions for the spectrum by the August.

Supreme Court rules against review petitions on license order

Supreme Court rules against review petitions on license orderThe Supreme Court of India has ruled against the petitions from seven telecommunications companies challenging the apex court’s earlier decision to cancel 122 telecom licenses in the country.

The Supreme Court also dismissed a similar plea filed by former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja. alleging that the ruling unfairly impeached him. The court rejected review petitions of companies including Videocon Telecommunications Ltd, STel Ltd, Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd, Tata Teleservices, Unitech Wireless Ltd, Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd.

Supreme Court accepts review petition on 2G spectrum cancellation ruling

Supreme Court accepts review petition on 2G spectrum cancellation rulingThe Supreme Court of India has accepted a review petition filed by the central government on the ruling by the court ordering the cancellation of 2G telecom licenses in the country.

Telenor likely to claim licensing losses from Unitech

Telenor likely to claim licensing losses from UnitechNorway’s telecom firm, Telenor might be planning be claim cost of losing Indian telecom licences from tis joint venture partner, Unitech, according to Telenor's Asia head.

Telenor and Unitech jointly operate the Uninor brand in India through a joint venture. However, the two companies have decided to end the venture after the Supreme Court of India announced its decision to cancel 122 telecom

Outsourcing contracts in danger after cancellation of telecom licenses

Outsourcing contracts in danger after cancellation of telecom licensesThe outlook for several major and small outsourcing contracts is uncertain in the country as the Supreme Court of India decided to cancel all 122 spectrum licenses that were granted to firms during the former communications minister A Raja's time in office.

Both Indian and multinational IT firms like Wipro, Tech Mahindra and IBM as well as business process firms such as Firstsource, Intelenet and Aegis had signed outsourcing contracts with millions of dollars with telecom firms including Uninor, Etisalat DB, Videocon and Idea.

2G: No Carrots Offered to Raja, Says Tata

2G: No Carrots Offered to Raja, Says TataRatan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Group has refused to buy the contentions by the promoter of Swan Telecom that he had defrayed Rs 20 crore to A Raja, the former Telecom Minister.

In his dialogue at the annual general meeting of Tata Steel on Wednesday, Tata declined the allegations saying that he has not paid any kind of sweeteners to Raja, not even a single penny.

Yesterday, Shahid Balwa, who is currently imprisoned at the Tihar Jail along with A Raja for their respective contributions in the 2G spectrum allocation swindle, alleged that Tata paid a bribe of Rs 20 crore to Raja.

2G scam: CBI questions telecom honchos

2G scam: CBI questions telecom honchosThe CBI and Enforcement Directorate ED are still continuing their investigation in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Today the CBI has enquired two top telecom honchos by the help of former Telecom Minister A Raja along with his brother, Kaliaperumal.

According to the sources, Chief Executive Officer of Loop Telecom, Sandip Basu and Chairman of Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Rajiv Mehrotra was questioned by the agency regarding the scam.

CBI custody for A Raja, Shahid Balwa extended

A-RajaCBI has requested from the court to extend the custody of former Telecom minister A Raja and Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa for three to four days. CBI agency said that both of them are not co-operating with the agency and taking time to reveal details on the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

On Monday Patiala House has extended the CBI remand of the two accused. According to CBI, Sawan Telecom is one of the two beneficiaries of spectrum generosity.

CBi is also asking questions to A Raja for granting UAS license to Swan Telecom during 2008.

Raja remanded to CBI custody for four more days ends today

Raja remanded to CBI custody for four more days ends todayA Raja, former telecom minister has been on extended custody for four days by CBI has ended today. CBI has asked for the extension of Raja’s custody because he was not co-operating with them.

Along with Raja, Shahid Balwa, Managing Director of DB Realty and promoter of Swan Telecom Ltd custody’s also come to an end.

CBI to submit status report on 2G spectrum scam

CBI to submit status report on 2G spectrum scamToday is the final day of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to submit its status report to the Supreme Court on its investigations into the 2G spectrum scam. In the previous hearing the upper court had told the agency that it shouldn't be influenced by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's statement. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has rubbished the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report's calculation of the estimated loss from the sale of 2G spectrum. The investigation was done by the upper court.

DMK chief Karunanidhi is all set to project Raja as a hero

A-RajaMr. Raja, a popular Dalit leader will be projected as hero of the people by DMK chief Karunanidhi in the election campaign in Tamil Nadu. DMK wants to use this 2G spectrum scam in the election to give it a new direction. Although Raja is in the CBI custody in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

In spite of Raja’s arrest, DMK announces that he will remain the Propaganda Secretary, a powerful position.

Due to 2G spectrum scam, Raja’s reputation has been ruined by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) but it does not affect Karunanidhi's strategy.

Karunanidhi and A Raja meet regarding the 2G scam

Karunanidhi and A Raja meet regarding the 2G scamA Raja’s residence was raided by the CBI a few days ago with respect to the investigations of the 2G scam. The DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was in a fix as he had been supporting him through the series of events as he has pressures from 2 sides in his family union minister MK Alagiri and deputy chief MK Stalin -and brothers Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi Maran.

2G scam investigation ongoing, SC told

A-RajaThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that the investigations into the alleged 2G scams are already ongoing. And the people that are being investigated are the telecom minister, A Raja along with some of the senior officials of the ministry.

It is being looked at as to whether the accused have violated the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).




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