New Delhi, (Agencies): CBI Director A P Singh on Tuesday contradicted Telcom Minister Kapil Sibal on his claim that the 2G spectrum allocation had caused "zero loss" to the national exchequer as he appeared before Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Singh was quizzed by the members of the Committee on various aspects of the 2G spectrum allocation which the CBI is investigating.

"As far as he (Singh) has seen the case, to say 'zero loss' is wrong," PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi told a press conference after the meeting.

A member of the Committee said the CBI chief was of the view that it would be "wrong to say that there was zero sum loss in allocation of 2 G spectrum on first-come-first-serve basis."

The CBI, in its FIR in the 2G case, has said the losses could be to the tune of Rs 22,000 crore.

The CBI Director was asked about the methodology used by the agency to calculate the losses caused by the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocations.

 

Top officials of telecom companies also quizzed
CBI on Tuesday questioned the top officials of some telecom companies, including Managing Director of Unitech Sanjay Chandra, in connection with its probe into 2G scam and some of them were confronted with arrested former Telecom Minister A Raja.

The CBI headquarters here virtually turned into a corporate office with top brass of four companies -- Loop, S-Tel, Tata Realty and Unitech -- arriving for questioning by the agency which registered a case against unnamed officials of Department of Telecom and private companies for causing a loss of Rs 22,000 crore in allocation of Spectrum in 2007-08.

The questioning of the Unitech Managing Director continued for several hours during which he was asked to explain about off-loading of shares, CBI sources said.

Unitech is the only company after Swan Telecom which has been named by CBI in the FIR filed on October 21, 2009.

Even as Chandra was being questioned, Unitech issued a statement in his name saying "Unitech has co-operated with all investigating agencies from the very beginning, as we have nothing to hide.


Top officials of telecom companies also quizzed
CBI on Tuesday questioned the top officials of some telecom companies, including Managing Director of Unitech Sanjay Chandra, in connection with its probe into 2G scam and some of them were confronted with arrested former Telecom Minister A Raja.

The CBI headquarters here virtually turned into a corporate office with top brass of four companies -- Loop, S-Tel, Tata Realty and Unitech -- arriving for questioning by the agency which registered a case against unnamed officials of Department of Telecom and private companies for causing a loss of Rs 22,000 crore in allocation of Spectrum in 2007-08.

The questioning of the Unitech Managing Director continued for several hours during which he was asked to explain about off-loading of shares, CBI sources said.

Unitech is the only company after Swan Telecom which has been named by CBI in the FIR filed on October 21, 2009.

Even as Chandra was being questioned, Unitech issued a statement in his name saying "Unitech has co-operated with all investigating agencies from the very beginning, as we have nothing to hide.