A former aide of ex-telecom minister A. Raja on Monday hinted before a special court in Delhi that the DMK leader had hatched the conspiracy on 2G spectrum licences even before he headed the ministry.
Statement of Raja’s former assistant private secretary — Aseervatham Achary, who is a key witness of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the 2G case — was recorded in a designated court.
Achary said Raja was already in touch with Unitech’s Sanjay Chandra and DB Reality’s Shahid Balwa and Vinod Goenka before he became the telecom minister. Achary said the three used to meet Raja, who then happened to be the Union environment minister, at Paryavaran Bhawan and his official residence. The trio also used to meet Raja’s then private secretary R.K. Chandolia on regular basis to pursue their cases, Achary said.
The witness said Raja’s duty as the forest minister comprised clearing constructional activities including residential projects. The projects Raja cleared during his tenure as forest minister included those of Unitech & DB Reality.
Achary told CBI that he could recognise Raja’s signatures on important documents. He also said that DMK MP Kanimozhi was a regular visitor at Raja’s office and the latter also used to visit her often.