A file photo of Niira Radia. Photo: PTI  (PTI)
A file photo of Niira Radia. Photo: PTI (PTI)

2G case: Niira Radia likely to appear in court on 28 May

Radia had earlier sought three months time on the grounds that she had undergone a surgery

New Delhi: Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, a key prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, is likely to appear before a Delhi court on 28 May to depose in the case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday submitted before special CBI judge O.P. Saini its list of prosecution witnesses to be called for recording of their statements before the court and Radia’s evidence is slated for 28 May.

Radia, who was scheduled to appear in court on 5 December last year to testify as a CBI witness, had earlier sought three months time on the ground that she had reportedly undergone a surgery for a neurological ailment. CBI, in its charge sheet filed on 2 April 2011 against former telecom minister A. Raja and others, had named Radia as a prosecution witness in the case.

Radia’s statement assumes significance as she, in her statement recorded during the probe under section 161 of the CrPC (dealing with examination of witnesses) before CBI, had said that Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd, facing trial in the 2G case, was not “eligible" to get the unified access service (UAS) Licences.

“Regarding M/s Swan Telecom, which was the only applicant to get the spectrum in Delhi circle, I would like to state that M/s Swan Telecom as applicant was not even eligible for getting a UAS licence, in view of the cross holding clause. “To the best of my understanding it was controlled entirely by M/s Reliance Communications," Radia had told CBI in her statement recorded by the agency on 21 December 2010. CBI, in its chargesheet, had alleged that Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL), an accused in the case, used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get licences and the costly radio waves.

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