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2G scam: CBI questions Attorney General Vahanvati

New Delhi , Wed, 16 Mar 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned Attorney General G E Vahanvati in connection with 2G spectrum scam.


As per TV reports, Vahanvati was questioned about the legal opinion he gave to the department of telecommunications (DoT) on the issue of telecom licences.


The questioning came after CBI got hold of some documents that indicates that former Telecom Minister A Raja had sought legal opinion on the issue of licences of Vahanvati, the then Solicitor General.


However, Vahanvati on March 3, told the Supreme Court that he did not give any legal opinion to the then Telecom Minister A Raja and his Ministry.


On Tuesday, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) submitted their status reports on the scam to the Supreme Court.


The Enforcement Directorate informed the court that 31 firms have been summoned in connection with the scam. The ED's report also stated that it has uncovered large-scale violations of foreign exchange laws, money laundering and forgery.


Those quizzed so far include Tamil Nadhu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, his wife Dayalu Ammal, Managing Director of Kalaingar TV Sharad Kumar.


Both Dayalu Ammal and Kanimozhi collectively have nearly 80 per cent stake in the channel.


The CBI had earlier told the Supreme Court that it will file the first chargesheet in 2G scam against former Telecom Minister A Raja and others under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for cheating and forgery by March 31.


The probe into the 2G scam has shown links between Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa and Kalaignar TV. Balwa was the fourth high profile person arrested in connection with the scam.


The others arrested in connection with the case are A Raja, his personal secretary RK Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behuria. (ANI)


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