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2G scam: CBI raids Nira Radia and associates

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at the New Delhi office and residence of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia and former TRAI chairman Pradeep Baijal in connection with the 2G spectrum scam on Wednesday.
About 150 sleuths of the investigating agency swooped down at 27 places in Tamil Nadu and seven in Delhi in the wee hours and began searches which included some aides of Raja.
Radia’s office – Vaishnavi Corporate Communications – and her farm house in South Delhi were among the first of the premises searched by the CBI.

CBI Deputy Inspector General of Police Vinita Thakur said that officials landed up at Radia’s Sainik Farms house in south Delhi as well as her plush office on Barakhamba Road in the morning.

“The raids started early today (Wednesday),” Thakur said. “They will continue as long as needed. We hope to give out further details by evening.”

The residence of Baijal, who retired in 2006 after serving as TRAI chairman for nearly three years, was being also searched by the CBI sleuths. He joined Radia’s firm in 2009 and is currently working with her.

The allegation against him was that as the chairman of the regulatory body, which recommends various policies to the Government, he had helped some telecom firms.

Raja’s aides raided

Residence of Mahesh Jain, a Hawala dealer whose name is allegedly mentioned in A Raja’s diary is also being raided by CBI. Pro-LTTE magazine Nakeeran’s editor Mr Kamraj is also being raided by the CBI in chennai. Tamil rights activist father Jegath Gaspar, who is known to be close to the DMK family is also being raided by the CBI. Tamil Maiyam, an NGO in which DMK MP Kanimozhi is on the Board of Directors, also raided.

These searches come exactly a week after the December 8 searches at the residence of Raja and his four close associates including his personal secretary R K Chandolia in connection with the scam.

Earlier, Nira Radia was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for nine hours in connection with her taped conversations on November 25, 2010.

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