New Delhi: In a major revelation, corporate lobbyist Niira Radia told a special court that she discussed Cabinet formation with former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi. Raja and Kanimozhi are two of the prime accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case, which had created a major upheaval in the media, political and corporate circles.
    
Radia, who was deposing as a prosecution witness in the case, also said she had attended meetings on behalf of Tatas with Raja at his residential office in New Delhi during November 2008. "It is correct that during these meetings, I saw some businessmen waiting for a meeting with A Raja and it was quite normal for A Raja to have such meetings," she said.
    
She said that the then Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata had in November 2007 given her a sealed cover for handing it over to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, but she was not aware of its contents.
    
"Since I had not read the contents of the sealed cover, I cannot say if it came in public domain or not. It is correct that a letter written by Ratan Tata came out in public domain, in which he praised the leadership of A Raja," she said.
    
On being shown the transcripts of her recorded telephonic conversations by the CBI prosecutor, Radia said that this has to be seen in its entirety. "I was speaking about formation of cabinet with A Raja and also about my conversation with Kanimozhi. However, this has to be seen in entirety of the context as this is only part of the conversation,” she said.
    
"In (transcripts)....the reference is same, that is about Cabinet formation," Radia told Special CBI Judge OP Saini after she was shown transcripts of her recorded conversations.

(JPN/Agencies)

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