Raja, aides in five-day CBI custody


New Delhi : Former communications minister A. Raja and two of his aides were sent to five-day custody by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court Thursday, a day after they were arrested in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.

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Special CBI judge O.P. Saini said the plea for the custody of Raja, former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura and personal secretary R.K. Chandolia was “justified”.

While allowing the CBI plea for five-day police custody, Saini said: “The allegation against the accused are that they allotted the unified access service licences in violation of rules and procedures and caused huge loss estimated to be Rs.22,000 crore to the government.”

“The allegation against the trio are very serious on the face of it and required no elaboration. Accordingly, considering the nature of the allegation, seriousness and gravity of offences, there is a consequent need of interrogation of the accused persons,” he added.

“The prayer of police custody is justified and all three accused are accordingly remanded to police custody till Feb 8,” Saini said.

All accused persons will be medically examined every 48 hours and their counsel and family members will be allowed to meet them for half an hour everyday at a time convenient to both the parties, Saini said.

The court, in the Patiala House court premises, also permitted Behura to be taken to the Indraprastha Apollo hospital Feb 5 to meet his wife before and after her operation, if she undergoes one.

Raja quit Nov 14 after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) indicted him for irregularities in the allocation of second generation (2G) spectrum to telecom companies causing massive losses to the exchequer.