SUKH RAM'S nemesis crept up on him in rather mundane fashion. Happening as it did in late April, when election fever was at its peak, it made no splash. It was probably a middle-level official in the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) who called up a key CBI official with some hot information. He said Advanced Radio Masts (ARM), a Hyderabad-based company, had been paid an excess of Rs 1.68 crore by the Telecom Ministry and DOT for supplying equipment. The money was paid when Sukh Ram was Union minister for telecommunications. The unidentified source was willing to back up his claim with relevant files and documents.
The CBI was interested. Keeping a low profile, it chose not to issue an official memo but K. Vijaya Rama Rao, the then CBI chief, directed his sleuths to get cracking. The first to go under their microscope was the man who owned ARM.