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CBI enquiry : Raja asks for time
CHENNAI, DEC 20 (IANS):
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Published on 20 Dec. 2010 11:25 PM IST
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Summoned by the CBI for questioning over the 2G spectrum allocation scam, former communications minister A. Raja Monday said he has told the probe agency he can appear for quizzing only after two days as he is busy with some personal work in Chennai.
Speaking to reporters here Monday, Raja said he had called up the Central Bureau of Investigation Saturday on receipt of the summons and told them of his inability to come for questioning for the next two days as he is in Chennai and busy with some personal work.
Raja said he has requested CBI to fix some other date for questioning.
Raja, who resigned last month over his suspected involvement in the scam that caused huge losses to the exchequer, was expected to appear before the investigating agency Wednesday, an official said.
“It is the usual procedure. I will comply with the needs,” a dismissive Raja told IANS in Chennai over telephone, reacting to the CBI summons. The DMK leader then hung up.
He also told reporters: “I am not in hiding, I am not an accused, so there is no need to apply for anticipatory bail.”
He described media reports and speculation about him trying to evade the CBI as rubbish.
The CBI has searched Raja’s residences in New Delhi and in Perambalur in Tamil Nadu as well as the homes and business premises of his relatives and other associates.
Also raided by the CBI were a host of people associated with Raja, including corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and an NGO linked to DMK MP and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi.
Raja has denied charges of wrongdoing.
Cong-DMK ties strong: Karunanidhi
Calling the summoning of former communications minister A. Raja by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a “routine” affair, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said Monday that the CBI probe into Raja’s affairs won’t hit Congress-DMK ties.
“It is strong. You cannot cut it,” the DMK chief said, when reporters asked him about the future of his party’s alliance with the Congress. The two parties are allies in Tamil Nadu, and the DMK is a key member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
Karunanidhi said: “The CBI notice (to Raja over the spectrum allocation scandal) is a rotuine procedure, and Raja will reply to that.”
The chief minister, however, promised action against Raja if he was proved guilty of selling second generation spectrum at below the market price, causing huge losses to the exchequer. Did he view the CBI raids on Raja’s residences as an insult to the DMK party, he said: “We do not consider it as an insult. The self-respect movement grew facing several insults.”
The CBI has searched Raja’s residences in New Delhi and in Perambalur in Tamil Nadu as well as the homes and business premises of his relatives and other associates.
Also raided by the CBI were a host of people associated with Raja, including corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and an NGO linked to DMK MP and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi.
Raja has denied charges of wrongdoing.

 
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