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Swan Telecom not eligible for 2G licence: Radia

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File photo of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.
File photo of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.

Ms Radia appeared before a special court to depose in the 2G case

Appearing in the court for the first time, former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia on Tuesday said she felt that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd “was not eligible” to get the 2G Spectrum licences as it was said to belong to Reliance ADAG group company Reliance Communications.

Testifying as a prosecution witness in CBI court in the case, she said that during the time of grant of spectrum, there was a very strong public perception that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL) was not eligible.

STPL’s promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka are facing trial in the case.

“During the time of grant of spectrum, there was a very strong public perception created by the media of eligibility and non-eligibility. Through the public perception and advice of Tata advocates, I came to know that this company (Swan Telecom) was not eligible,” Ms. Radia told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

During her examination-in-chief by the CBI prosecutor, she told the court that at the time of grant of licences, dossiers were in circulation which said Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd belonged to Reliance Communications.

“At that time, there were dossiers in circulation that the company (Swan Telecom) belonged to Reliance Communications, though I do not have any authentic or personal knowledge,” she said.

Ms. Radia said her public relations company was advising the Tatas on telecom matters and Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) had applied for dual technology licences in 2007.

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It is always the responsibility of the purchaser to determine whether bidders
considered for detailed evaluation meet the stipulated qualifying criterion (or not).
Aggrieved bidders not considered qualified may represent their case to the purchaser or may even approach the court for redressal of their grievances, if still not satisfied. But, I do not understand the wisdom and sanctity of seeking opinions of brokers, middlemen and lobbyists, that too as a prosecution witness ? In any case, what is their competence in this regard ? In case of any doubt, opinion of internationally reputed consultants in the field can be taken.

from:  KS Raghunathan
Posted on: May 28, 2013 at 14:28 IST
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