Live Updates: CBI raids | Varanasi blasts

Live Updates: CBI raids | Varanasi blasts

• CBI press conference: Raids at 14 places; incriminating documents found during searches. The raids are still on.

• Supreme Court has ordered CBI to probe bank loans given to companies which were granted 2G telecoms licences in 2008, says Prashant Bhushan, a lawyer involved in the case: Reuters.

• Telecom minister Kapil Sibal declines to make any comment on the CBI raids.

• SC to government: can a special court be set up for 2G?

• The main opposition part BJP says it still wants JPC.

• CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury says CBI raids have strengthen the need for a JPC probe into 2G scam.

• ED says money trail in 10 countries being probed.

• “We have raided the premises of five persons. Raids are still on and any further details cannot be given as of now," CBI director A P Singh told reporters.

• When asked whether any arrests have been made in the case, Singh said, “Not as of now".

• Sources said Raja’s close aide Sadiq Basha was picked up by the CBI officials in Chennai for questioning, reports PTI.

• A report from Tiruchirappalli said besides the raids in Perambalur, CBI sleuths also conducted searches in the houses of Raja’s brother and sister in Srirangam and Tiruvanaikaval in the district.

• Central Bureau of Investigation, which registered a case related to 2G spectrum in October 2008, for the first time raided A Raja and his aides on Wednesday morning.

• His aides include ex-telecom secretary Sidharth Behuria, telecom official K Sreedhar, his associate Sadiq Bashah and ex-personal secretary R K Chandolia.

• Raids were made at A Raja’s two houses in Tamil Nadu including his parents house. Other eight location in Delhi are also been searched.

• The Supreme Court asks CBI to must look into 2G issues in 2001 as well: News channels.

• CBI takes away Raja’s business aide: News channels

• The former telecom minister and his aides are likely to be questioned by the investigating agency..

The officials say the decision to raid was take after a lot of delibrations. They have strong evidence against Chandolia and Behuria.

• The enforcement directorate (ED) submits 2G money trial to the apex court: NDTV

• The agency believes to complete investigation in next three months. It has so far raided and questioned officials of the companies that recieved licenses from 2G spectrum.


• Cabinet committe on security meets at 7 Race Course Road. Home minister P Chidambaram to brief PM and others.

• Police seeking people who have footage for blast as some visitors might have been recording video at the time of the incident. Also, authorities are analysing CCTV footage at the ghat.

• Police has said it was low intensity blast; forensic team is working; blast strong enough to cause boulders to go up 20-30ft injuring people; some injuries from stampede.

• Had cautioned all state govt on threat treats on run up to 26/11; in February 2010 this area had been recognized as a target and an advisory was given: Chidambaram.

• 6 Dec the last advisory was given to stay alert and the ghat was still identified as target; lesson for police to not relax vigilance: Chidambara.

• Happy that both religious communities are maintaining peace; deep condolence to Santosh Kumar, lecturer who lost his daughter Swasti, the only person to have died in the blast; sorry for Phoolmani, who suffered head injury; all victims are out of danger as a result of excellent treatment: Chidambaram.

• Unfortunate incident despite the platoon deployment. Everyday is a new day and police requires to be vigilant at all time. Victims to be compensated and appreciates people of Varanasi for maintaining calm: Chidambaram

• Home minister P Chidambaram from Varanasi blast site: After 26 Nov attack, the country was completely free of terror attacks.

• After a terror blast in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, a high level internal meeting took in place in home ministry to reveiw the situation.

• It is suspected that ammonium nitrate and aluminum pellets were used int he blast.

• Some people have been detained for question by the Maharashtra ATSand Uttar Pradesh ATS.

• United States Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer on Wednesday offered his heartfelt condolences to the people of India and to the victims of the deplorable and cowardly attack in Varanasi.

• Home minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday arrived in Banaras. On Tuesday late night, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawait reached the location.

• The toll is one dead and in total 40 injured. Out of which 9 have been discharged after first aid and also includes 4 are foreigns of whom 2 are discharged.