Why spare Ra­dia, Tata? Raja aide

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent NEW DELHI

RK Chan­do­lia, for­mer aide of ex-tele­com min­is­ter A Raja, on Fri­day sought im­pli­ca­tion of cor­po­rate lead­ers and lob­by­ist Nira Ra­dia in the 2G case as ac­cused, say­ing they had par­tic­i­pated in the al­leged covert deal be­tween the Tata group and Kalaig­nar TV.

Vi­jay Ag­gar­wal, coun­sel for Chan­do­lia told a Spe­cial CBI Judge OP Saini that Aseer­vatham Achary, an al­leged as­so­ciate of Raja, had al­legedly con­spired to bring Kalaig­nar TV on a Tata Sky DTH bou­quet by acting as a con­duit be­tween Raja and Ra­dia.

“Dur­ing the con­ver­sa­tion when Ni­ira Ra­dia re­ferred to the deal, no where does Achary ask her what was she talk­ing about. This shows that he (Achary) was well aware of the deal be­tween Kalaig­nar TV and Tata be­ing pur­sued by Raja.

“Go­ing by this, Tata, Ra­dia, Achary and Kalaig­nar TV all should be made ac­cused in the case. Tata and Ra­dia are big peo­ple and CBI can­not touch them but why not Achary,” Agar­wal said.

Seek­ing dis­charge from the case, Chan­do­lia said no crim­i­nal­ity can be at­trib­uted to him as he was merely ex­e­cut­ing the dik­tats of his “mas­ter” A Raja. He said Achary has been closely associated with Raja for the past 12 years.

“Deals are be­ing struck be­tween Ra­dia and Tata through Achary who is a con­duit... Why are they not in jail when I am in jail even when I have no in­volve­ment in the mat­ter?” he asked.

Agar­wal also claimed that he was not associated with the DMK, Kalaig­nar TV or any other tele­com com­pany and asked the probe agency to pro­duce a sin­gle doc­u­ment where he has put in his sig­na­ture.

The lawyer at­tempted to trash al­le­ga­tions by CBI that Chan­do­lia and Be­hura, who were in the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Forests along with Raja, were brought in the Tele­com Min­istry to ex­e­cute the ne­far­i­ous de­signs of the DMK leader in the spec­trum al­lo­ca­tion. Mean­while, the court re­jected the bail plea of Chan­do­lia.

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