New Delhi : Even as former telecom minister A Raja prepares for his fate in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal, the CBI fired a fresh missile against him on Wednesday by registering a case accusing him and 16 others of amassing illegal wealth to the tune of Rs.27.92 cr.
Though Raja was arrested four years ago, the CBI had failed to dig up his ill-gotten wealth hitherto despite initially charging him with causing an enormous loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer in the 2G spectrum allocation. However, on Wednesday 20 teams of the CBI simultaneously raided the residences of Raja and his associates in Tamil Nadu and New Delhi.
The CBI accused Raja and his family members of amassing wealth illegally between 1999 and 2010 when he was a Union Minister and Lok Sabha MP. “He had amassed assets and pecuniary resources to the tune of Rs.27.92 crores (approx) in his name and in the name of family members and his friends/other close associates which were disproportionate to his known and lawful sources of income,” a CBI statement said.
Several of Raja”s close relatives and associates had an alleged exponential financial growth under suspicious circumstances and had acquired assets worth several crore of rupees without sufficient wherewithal during this period. “Several immovable properties have been acquired in the names of his friends and family members and other private firms which were / are managed by close relatives and associates,” the agency charged.
Among the premises that were raided were Raja”s homes in Perambalur district and New Delhi. Besides, the premises of Sadiq Basha, a real estate agent and associate of Raja, who had mysteriously committed suicide four years ago when the CBI was unraveling the 2G scam, were also raided.
Raja”s wife Paramaeshwari and relative Parmesh Kumar were also cited as accused in the case.
Searches were conducted in six places at Chennai, two at Coimbatore, eight at Permabalur, and three at Tiruchy in Tamil Nadu and one in New Delhi.