Raja to be produced in court today

Raja to be produced in court today

New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja and his two close aides will be produced in the Patiala House court on Thursday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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Raja, who maintains his innocence, was formally arrested by officers from the CBI on Wednesday as part of a probe into the graft-tainted sale of 2G telecom licences in 2008.

Police are expected to ask the court to grant them the right to keep Raja in custody to enable further interrogation.

The licences were sold on a first-come, first-served basis instead of via an auction and the ministry is suspected of changing the rules to favour certain companies, many of which were ineligible to bid.

Raja resigned only in November after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the government’s auditor, presented to Parliament a report that said the 2G scam and other policy snafus in telecom could have cost the exchequer up to Rs1.76 trillion in notional losses.