Officer in Pranab’s ministry accused of scuttling 2G probe

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    http://www.tehelka.com/story_main49.asp?filename=Ws0703112G_SPECTRUM.asp

    In a new twist to the ongoing 2G saga, an anonymous whistleblower from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has written to the Supreme Court of India that the office of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has instructed ED Director AK Mathur to scuttle the investigation into the spectrum allocation scam.

    The whistleblower has annexed copies of as many as twenty-three summons, which the ED Delhi Zonal Office had issued to over two dozen suspects in the first week of January under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

    The anonymous whistleblower has claimed that soon after these summons were issued, Mathur instructed the ED officers who were in-charge of the investigation to go slow in the case and ensure that the suspects were not put through any investigation except cursory questioning.

    The complaint dated 7 February 2011 names a senior bureaucrat in Mukherjee’s office and alleges that this officer had specifically instructed Mathur to go slow against the three Jain brothers—Mahesh Jain, Daulat Jain and Rajesh Jain—who are suspected hawala operators and are accused of transferring more than Rs 2,000 crore of bribe money.

    The Jains are accused of transferring the money to Chennai and countries like South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia on behalf of former telecom minister A Raja and other senior functionaries of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

    A copy of the summons annexed show that the three Jain brothers were asked to appear before the ED on 15 February.

    The complainant has further alleged that except for four suspects, none of the remaining 19 persons who were issued summons on 6 January have responded so far. The four who did turn up for questioning were not subjected to a rigorous interrogation and instead were allowed to leave after recording superficial statements, says the complaint.

    Says the complainant: ‘The dates for appearance for various persons were spread over from 17 January 2011 to 8 February 2011. But except the following four persons, none appeared:

    1. Sidhartha Behura (former telecom secretary) appeared on 18 January 2011. He came to the office at 12:30 pm with his wife and was allowed to leave at 2:30 pm after (giving) a routine three-page statement.

    2. Rev. Fr. Jegath Gaspar Raj (a catholic priest and founder of an NGO named Tamil Maiyyam) appeared on 19 January 2011 at 12:00 noon. Nothing happened till 2:30 pm and then again a three-page statement was recorded. No fruitful investigation was done.

    3. Dr. Akilan Ramanathan (a professor in Bharath University) reached the ED office at 11:30 am on 24 January 2011 and was allowed to leave at 2:30 pm after a very brief and routine statement.

    4. A Kaliya Perumal (Raja’s brother) reached the office at 11:30 am and was allowed to leave at 3:15 pm after a brief statement.

    When contacted, an officer in the office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court told TEHELKA, “Any complaint received by the Supreme Court automatically becomes a part of the judicial files. The contesting parties have access to these judicial files. But, there is no procedure to confirm or deny the receipt of such complaints to the press.”

    Well-known civil activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan on the other hand has received a copy of the same anonymous complaint addressed to Justice GS Singhvi and Justice AK Ganguly—who are members of the two-judge bench that has been monitoring the probe into the 2G scam.

    “I am in receipt of the complaint addressed to the honourable Supreme Court. There is a ring of truth to this complaint as the author has given specific information and has also annexed 23 summons, which only an insider could have access to. I am going to raise this before the honourable judges on the next date of hearing,” said Bhushan.

    It was only after Bhushan had filed a PIL before the apex court alleging that the government agencies were scuttling the 2G scam investigation, that the Supreme Court started monitoring the probe as a result of which the investigation picked up pace.

    TEHELKA tried to contact the finance ministry officer named in the complaint and also left several messages but the officer did not respond.

    The copies of summons throw up the names of many hitherto unknown companies as suspected conduits through which either the paybacks were routed or they were themselves beneficiaries of the 2G scam.

    Following are the suspected individuals and entities issued summons in the first week of January but who have so far have failed to appear:

    1. Shivakamam Agency, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu
    2. Kovai Shelters Promoters Pvt Ltd, Gandhipurma Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
    3. Sally Thermoplastics Ltd, Sriperumbudur.
    4. Genex Exim Ventures Pvt Ltd, Chennai
    5. Pradip Baijal, former TRAI chairman
    6. Wellcom Communications India Pvt Ltd, Chennai
    7. Karuna Manon, the sister of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia
    8. Aysha Real Estate Pvt Ltd, Chennai
    9. Green house promoters Pvt Ltd, Chennai
    10. Shivakamam Tradings Pvt Ltd, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu
    11. C Sathyanarayanan, a Coimbatore based aide of Raja
    12. Dr. Channappan Krishnamoorthy, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu
    13. SV Thirumavalan, Chennai
    14. Kadirkamam Estates Pvt Ltd, Trichy, Tamil Nadu
    15. Sadhick Batcha, Chennai-based aide of Raja
    16. Aryappa Enterprises, Kuniamuthur.
    17. A Ramachandaran, Chennai
    18. K Sridhara, Ghaziabad
    19. AK Srivastava, a former DoT official
    20. Doulat Jain, a suspected Chennai-based hawala operator
    21. Mahesh Jain, a suspected Delhi-based hawala operator


    All names have been retained as spelt in the summons.


    Ministry's response:
    From: "DPO (Finance)" <[email protected]>
    Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 19:59:36 +0530
    To: <[email protected]>
    Subject: NO OFFICER OF FINANCE MINISTRY INVOLVED IN SCUTTLING OF 2G PROBE

    PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU
    NEW DELHI

    NO OFFICER OF FINANCE MINISTRY INVOLVED IN SCUTTLING OF 2G PROBE

    Dated the 8th March, 2011

    In a news item posted in Tehelka referring to a whistle blower complaint regarding the 2G scam, it has been alleged that an officer from the Union Finance Minister’s Office has instructed the Director of Enforcement “to scuttle investigations” into the spectrum allocation scam.

    It is categorically denied that any such instruction has either been given by anyone in Finance Minister’s Office to the Director of Enforcement or that such instruction has been passed down by the Director of Enforcement to any officer dealing with the 2G scam. The allegation is totally baseless and without foundation, since this investigation is being done jointly by the CBI and the Directorate of Enforcement under the close and regular supervision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Status reports are also being filed in the case on a regular basis before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, which has generally expressed satisfaction about the line and pace of the investigation.

    DSM/BY
     
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    Another head-ache for the present government. They are going to find it difficult in the Lok Sabha now.
     
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    Who thinks that real culprits will ever be caught? According to me JPC has been formed so that all political parties might get their fair share in the loot.
     
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    Yeah really, i too think so but lets hope to see that some thing happens this time.
     
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    Another feather in the cap of UPA government-- the United Scams and Problems Alliance.
     
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    When will the govt care about the country before they care for their next 14 generations?
     
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    When will people of India give these corrupt politicians a befitting reply by not electing them as their representatives? Political parties of India know well that they can loot this country and still win the elections, because Indian voters are so naive and gullible.

    In short we can make them care about the country by exercising our right to vote. Bihar is a burning example.
     
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    He doesn't have a choice. If he exposes others' dirty laundry, his own dirty laundry will be exposed by someone else. They have to protect each other in order to survive. Nobody reaches the top by following the rules.
     
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