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CBI to intensify 2G spectrum scam probe

A CBI team leaves after a raid at corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's residence in connection with 2G spectrum scam, in New Delhi on Wednesday.  

With the Supreme Court monitoring the probe into the 2G spectrum scam and widening its ambit, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) appears all set to intensify its ongoing investigations.

After two rounds of search operations that took into their ambit former Telecom Minister A. Raja, his close associates and former Telecom ministry officials, the CBI may sharpen its offensive and may go for arrests to track the money trail and pin down the alleged beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum scam, highly placed sources indicated here on Thursday.

The agency is also scrutinising documents and deciphering information stored in over a dozen computers seized from the premises of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia. The CBI is taking help from the Forensic Services Lab to retrieve the information stored in hard disc drives of seized computers and laptops, sources said.

The sources said that CBI was looking for specific information about possible money laundering or any other money trail. Voluminous documents seized in Chennai and Delhi were also being scrutinised.

Any information regarding violation of country's foreign exchange laws and possible money laundering will be handed over to the Enforcement Directorate which is cooperating with the CBI in the probe, sources said.

The CBI had registered a case on October 21 last year against unknown officials of Department of Telecommunication and unknown private persons or companies and others under different Sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.


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