The chief investigating officer in the 2G scam case today claimed in a Delhi court that former telecom minister A Raja had ignored the requests of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance to stay the allocation of licences for the radiowaves on pricing issue.
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CBI's Superintendent of Police Vivek Priyadarshi told the court that according to records of Department of Telecom (DoT) and Ministry of Finance, no meeting took place among PM, Raja, the then Finance Minister, the then External Affairs Minister and others on telecom issues prior to January 10, 2008.
"The DoT and Ministry of Finance's records relevant to the issues were seized during investigation. These records did not point out any meetings between the aforesaid ministers prior to January 10, 2008, when DoT under the directions of A Raja, issued LOIs to new UASL applicants," Priyadarshi said. "The records of the Ministry of Finance showed that the Ministry had requested the DoT to stay further allocation of licences and spectrum, which were linked to the old prices of 2001. Similar requests from Prime Minister was also there to the MOC&IT (Raja)," he told special CBI judge OP Saini.
During his cross-examination by senior advocate Sushil Kumar, who appeared for Raja, Priyadarshi said according to records of the Ministry of Finance, till January 10, 2008, the pricing issue remained "unresolved". "Further meetings after January 10, 2008 between MOC&IT, Finance Minister and the PMO indicated in the subsequent records of Ministry of Finance only talk about resolution of outstanding issues," he said.
He, however, said DoT had explained letters of intent (LoIs) were already been issued to applicants and department was now contractually obliged to fulfil the conditions mentioned in it and Unified Access Service Licences (UASLs) signed subsequently. Priyadarshi told the court that he had not investigated as to how many meetings of the Union Cabinet, attended together by the PM, External Affairs Minister, Finance Minister, Law Minister and MOC&IT, took place between November 2007 and July 2008.
He also said that he did not investigate as to how many meetings took place between the prime minister and Raja during the period.