Radia's PR Firm Lobbied for TTSL: Chandolia

New Delhi
Radia's PR Firm Lobbied for TTSL: Chandolia
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R K Chandolia, facing trial in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, today told a court here that a top official of Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) used to be in touch with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's public relation firm, which was "liaisoning" for the Tatas in the DoT.

Chandolia, a former private secretary of erstwhile Telecom Minister A Raja, also alleged that prosecution witness Anand Dalal, senior Vice President, Corporate Regulatory Affairs of TTSL, used to discuss "liaison issue" of Department of Telecom (DoT) with Rohit Dubey, then CEO of Vaishnavi Communications.

Dalal, however, denied allegations saying he used to speak to Dubey only about media related issues.

"I used to speak to Rohit Dubey only about media related issues and not about the problems in DoT. I do not know if Vaishnavi Communications was looking after liaison work of TTSL in the DoT.

"It is wrong to suggest that I used to discuss DoT liaison issues with Rohit Dubey," Dalal told Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

Testifying as a prosecution witness, Dalal said he did not know if TTSL had started the process of preparation of demand draft for deposit of entry fee for three service areas in the first week of January 2008 itself.

He, however, said the demand drafts worth  Rs nine crore for deposit of entry fee for the three circles were prepared based on media reports on January 9, 2008, a day before DoT issued letter of intents (LoIs) to telecom firms for 2G spectrum.

Dalal said he was not aware if on June 20, 2006, Tata Group had transferred its entire equity in Idea Cellular Ltd to AV Birla Group.

Chandolia, who was arrested on February 2, 2011 is on bail. He has been charged under various sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act in the 2G scam.

During his cross examination, Dalal was shown a July 6, 2006 letter written by DoT to TTSL intimating the company that since its CEO was not an Indian, clause 5.1 of Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) guidelines was violated.

He said that when TTSL had applied for UASL on June 21, 2006, a US national Darryl Green was its CEO.

Regarding the letter, Dalal said that a TTSL official had replied to it on July 24, 2006.

He said that as per the application filed by TTSL for UASL in Jammu and Kashmir circle, Sterling Infotech Ltd was holding 8.81 per cent shares in TTSL.

Dalal said that Government of Singapore held more than 10 per cent equity both in TTSL and Bharti Airtel.

He told the court that he did not know if on December 31, 2007, Rs 97.05 crore was due to DoT from TTSL.

During cross examination, Dalal said he did not know if Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata had written a letter to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi praising the "forward looking policies" of A Raja, the then telecom minister.

The court has now listed cross examination of Dalal for May 14 saying arguments on charges in the case involving promoters of Essar Group and Loop Telecom would commence from tomorrow.
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