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2G scam: Niira Radia appears before court

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New Delhi: Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, a key prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, appeared before a Delhi court on Tuesday to record her statement in the case.

CBI, in its charge sheet filed on April 2, 2011 against former telecom minister A Raja and others, had named Radia as a prosecution witness in the case.

Radia's statement assumes significance as she, in her statement recorded during the probe under section 161 of the CrPC (dealing with examination of witnesses) before CBI, had said that Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd, facing trial in the 2G case, was not "eligible" to get the Unified Access Service (UAS) Licences.

"Regarding M/s Swan Telecom, which was the only applicant to get the spectrum in Delhi circle, I would like to state that M/s Swan Telecom as applicant was not even eligible for getting a UAS licence, in view of the cross holding clause.

"To the best of my understanding, it was controlled entirely by M/s Reliance Communications," Radia had told CBI in her statement recorded by the agency on December 21, 2010.

The CBI, in its charge sheet, had alleged that Reliance Telecom Ltd (RTL), an accused in the case, used Swan Telecom, an ineligible firm, as its front company to get licences and the costly radio waves.

Swan Telecom and its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, RTL and three top executives of Reliance ADAG - Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair, along with others, are facing trial for their alleged roles in the case.

PTI

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