A court here on Friday adjourned to February 9 the hearing on a complaint against Tata Sons interim Chairman Ratan Tata, lobbyist Niira Radia, former Telecom Minister A. Raja and senior Unitech officials in a 2G spectrum licence case.Special Judge O.P. Saini said he will either seek clarification or consider the complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on February 9, the next date of hearing.
The complaint filed by Swamy’s counsel Tarun Goomber in December has named two then directors of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) F.N. Subedar and P.D. Karkaria, then Chief Financial Officer Kishore Selatore, then Company Secretary M.V. Balaji, Unitech’s Chairman Ramesh Chandra, Managing Director Sanjay Chandra and Ajay Chandra and company official S. Ravi Aiyer in the case.
Swamy alleged that various Tata Group companies were used to route money to various companies of Unitech Group and finally managed to launder Rs 1,700 crore from March 2007 to March 2008.Swamy claimed eight companies of Unitech Wireless were involved in the case. After receiving the funds, the companies’ names were changed to conceal their identity.When licences were procured, the eight companies amalgamated with Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt. Ltd., the BJP leader alleged.
Earlier, the cut-off date for receiving applications for spectrum licence was October 10, 2007, but Raja is said to have suddenly changed the cut-off date to September 25, 2007.
As per Raja’s first come-first serve policy, the letter of intent would be issued to those companies who deposited their fees first.It allegedly helped real estate company Unitech in getting a telecom licence even though it was a new entrant in the telecommunication sector.(IANS)