2G: Raja cross-examined

Nirnimesh Kumar
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‘Decision to close receipt of UASL applications taken after talks with officials’

The former Telecommunications Minister, A. Raja, on Monday told a special court conducting trial in the 2G spectrum case that the decision to close receipt of applications for allocation of the Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) was taken after a discussion with the Secretary (Telecom) and the DDG (Access Service).

However, earlier, in response to a note shown to him by U.U. Lalit, special prosecutor, Mr. Raja said that “the proposal was put to me to announce cut-off date 10.10. 2007 for receipt of UASL applications till further orders.”

Mr. Lalit was cross-examining him as a defence witness.

When the prosecutor asked Mr. Raja whether the proposed cut-off date, October 10, 2007, was curtailed to October 1, 2007, he said there was no question of curtailing the date of receipt of applications.

“It was believed after the discussions that time till 01.10.2007 was fair enough for the reasons discussed in the note of DDG (AS), as accepted by the officers in the meeting,”

Mr. Raja said.



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