CBI Framed Me as I Refused to Depose Against A. Raja: Chandolia

New Delhi
CBI Framed Me as I Refused to Depose Against A. Raja: Chandolia

Former Telecom Minister A Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia today told a Delhi court that CBI had implicated him in the 2G spectrum allocation case as he refused to depose against the minister.

Chandolia, who is deposing as a witness to defend himself in the ongoing 2G spectrum allocation case trial, also alleged that during the investigation, CBI had told him that he should become a witness and give statement against Raja.

"I was told (by CBI) that I should become a witness and give statement against A Raja that I had instructed A K Srivastava (the then DoT official) for setting up of four counters for distribution of LoIs (letters of intent), for allotment of spectrum to Swan Telecom in Delhi circle and initiation of a note for stopping receiving of applications in September 2007.

"I did not agree to tell lie and I was told that if I would not speak, some other officer would speak. I could not imagine that without any role of myself of any kind and any noting on the files by me, I could be implicated in the case," Chandolia told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

He told the court that his house was searched on December 8, 2010 and he was called for interrogation on the subsequent dates in the CBI office.

"CBI used oral instructions route to take statements of A K Srivastava, Aseervatham Achary and R P Aggarwal, to implicate me in the case," he said.

"In the interrogation, I told the investigating officer about the existence of rules regarding oral instructions to be followed in the department. They did not give any weightage to the rules since it was contrary to their stand to implicate me," Chandolia, who is represented by advocate Vijay Aggarwal, claimed.

Chandolia's recording of statement remained inconclusive and would continue tomorrow.

Chandolia, A Raja and others, including DMK MP Kanimozhi, are facing trial for their alleged roles in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case. 

During the recording of statement, Chandolia also told the court that he had suggested to CBI to go for his "lie detector" test but "they did not give any weightage" to it.

He also said CBI witnesses, who had deposed against him during the trial, "were all government officials and involved in the actions based on which this case has been filed."

Chandolia told the court that he had no role in any policy matter of the Department of Telecommunications.

Former Telecom Secretary Sidharath Behura, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra, Reliance ADAG executives Gautam Doshi,Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair are also facing trial in the case.

Besides them, Bollywood producer Karim Morani, Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar and Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd, Asif Balwa and Rajiv Aggarwal, are also facing trial in the case.

Besides these 14 accused, three telecom firms-- Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, Reliance Telecom Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd-- are also accused in the case.

The court had on October 22, 2011 framed charges against them under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, faking documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servants and taking bribe.

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