December 22nd, 2011
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Raja aide nails Kanimozhi

rajaChennai: Deposing in a special court hearing the 2G spectrum scam case, A Raja’s former Additional Private Secretary Aseervatham Achary named DB Realty’s Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Wireless promoter Sanjay Chandra, Kalaignar TV co-owner Kanimozhi, and the former corporate lobbyist, Niira Radia, as persons with whom the former Telecom Minister was in touch on various clearances.

Achary, who served as the former Minister’s aide from October 1999 to October 2008, said: “The big construction projects cleared by A Raja, as Minister for Environment and Forests, included Unitech, DB Realty and other companies… As far as Unitech is concerned, Sanjay Chandra, and as far as DB Realty is concerned, Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka, used to follow up. They used to meet A Raja and R K Chandolia on a regular basis to pursue their cases…”

Achary said Ms Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV director Sharad Kumar were “pursuing the case of Kalaignar TV” and that Ms. Kanimozhi was “regularly in touch with him [Mr. Raja] and meeting him.” The former aide said that in December 2007 there was a major altercation between A. Raja and the former Telecom Secretary, DS Mathur, who preceded Siddhartha Behura, and that Mr. Raja had told him [Achary] that “this man [Mathur] is not listening to me and that is why I am shouting.”

The witness testified that he had mostly seen Shahid Balwa, Vinod Goenka, and Sanjay Chandra visit  Raja at his official residence during September, October, November, and December 2007. On Ms Radia,  Achary said he had a telephonic conversation with the former lobbyist who wanted to convey to  Raja that she had “arranged for putting Kalaignar TV on the Tata Sky platform.”  Achary added that Ms. Radia “was working for Tatas for getting clearances from the Department of Telecommunications.”


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