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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2G SPECTRUM SCAM: Siddhartha Behura declared Swan Telecom eligible for 2G: CBI

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Press Trust Of India / / Updated Aug 29, 2011 at 09:52pm IST.

New Delhi: The CBI on Monday told a Delhi court that former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura had 'declared' Swan Telecom an eligible firm for grant of 2G spectrum license.

Behura joined the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) in January 2008 and on January 9, he passed a note that Shahid Usman Balwa-promoted Swan Telecom was a eligible firm for grant of 2G licence, Special Public Prosecutor UU Lalit said.

The prosecutor said there was sufficient evidence against all the accused, including Behura, to proceed with their trial.

"Behura joined DoT in January 2008. His note of January 9 says that Swan Telecom was eligible... He joined the DoT and he could not be held privy to what happened prior to his joining but he held Swan Telecom eligible despite various questions being raised about it within the department. The noting of January 9 was the first manifestation of his involvement," Lalit told Special CBI Judge OP Saini while wrapping up his arguments on framing of charges against all 17 accused.

Lalit rejected the plea of Behura that he cannot be "said to be the a part of the conspiracy" as he joined DoT only days before distribution of LoIs (letter of intents) to firms on January 10, 2008.

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