Hindustan Times | April 14, 2011 | Abhishek Sharan
Former telecom minister A Raja allegedly wrongly granted an in-principle approval for the use of dual technology to a telecom licencee, a day before the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announced the policy. This was disclosed by corporate lobbyist Niira Radia to the CBI that filed it along with the 2G chargesheet in a city court recently. Radia, according to her statement, also claimed Raja had elevated a telecom official to a top position in Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as part of his “wrongdoing”.
According to Radia, the approval was granted to Reliance Communications Ltd on October 10, 2007 but the DoT had announced its policy related to the grant of such approvals only “a day later”. She added her claims were based on “her knowledge” and “media perceptions”.