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Updated: September 26, 2011 19:50 IST

2G: Raja seeks Chidambaram’s examination as witness

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File photo of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram with former telecom Minister A. Raja.
PTI File photo of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram with former telecom Minister A. Raja.

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja on Monday told a Delhi court that Home Minister P. Chidambaram should be summoned and examined as a witness in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Appearing for Mr. Raja, senior advocate Shushil Kumar told Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini that the agency should have recorded Mr. Chidambaram’s statement regarding a Cabinet meeting in which he had clarified the issue of dilution of shares.

Mr. Raja’s counsel submitted that Mr. Chidambaram should be asked whether he gave the advice on the issue of dilution of shares in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Call Chidambaram here (in the court) and ask him whether this meeting took place or not in the presence of the Prime Minister and you (Chidambaram) gave this advice or not. Call him and confront him with the minutes of the meeting,” he said.

Regarding the alleged loss incurred by the exchequer, he said none less than the Prime Minister has said on the floor of Parliament that there is no loss.

The CBI, in its charge sheet, has said that accused Shahid Balwa’s Swan Telecom and Sanjay Chandra’s Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt. Ltd. off-loaded their shares to Dubai-based Etisalat and Norway-based Telenor respectively.

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