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శనివారం, డిసెంబర్ 25, 2010

Better late than never!

At last it happened! The immediate past Telecom minister A. Raja has been questioned by the premier investigating agency –-the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). After so much of discussions and speculations, it happened on Christmas Eve and later on the Christmas Day. The 47-year-old DMK M.P. from Tamil Nadu has been was questioned by the CBI officers for nearly nine hours. The officers went to the Delhi residence of Raja and grilled him about the Unified Access Service licence case. The interrogation was started around 10.30 in the morning and it went on till around 8 p.m.

The monitoring from the Supreme Court has led the CBI to take up this quizzing. CBI sources said that the former minister and a close aide of the DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi was very co-operative throughout the interrogation. After the questioning session, Raja gave his reaction to the waiting media very briefly. “I have given full co-operation to the investigating agency” said Raja.

Though there was wide speculation for the past few days, that Raja would be arrested at any time, neither CBI nor the police is confirming it, even off-record. In fact, it is interesting to note that just a few days before this CBI questioning only, Income Tax raids have been conducted at Raja’s several places and his various business partners’ houses and offices around the country simultaneously. Even though nothing has been established proving Raja’s wrong-doings, it is only a question of time that culprits get booked. So, let us be patient and stay tuned to know the ramifications of Rs.1,76,000-crore 2G spectrum scam.