New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is on a lookout for the person who took a bribe of Rs 240 crore from Unitech Chairman Sanjay Chandra for allocation of the 2G spectrum.

The CBI has already filed a chargesheet against former Telecom Minister A Raja and Sanjay Chandra in April last year in the multi-crore 2G scam. However, the chargesheet did not mention any bribe transaction.

The CBI after acquiring permission from the court last month has started with the investigations in the 2G scandal. According to the CBI, Chandra had paid a heavy bribe of USD 5.20 crore (about Rs 240 crore) to an unidentified person in the tax haven ‘Isle of Man’.

However, after acquiring the 2G spectrum, Unitech’s associate firm Unitech Overseas Limited had invested USD 5.1 crore in Mauritius based company Pluri Emerging but unfortunately the investment was lost within a year.

The investigating officials believe that the so called investment was actually a bribe. The CBI is trying to trace the owner of Mauritian firm Pluri Emerging who received the alleged bribe and has issued Letter Rogatory (LR) to Mauritius and Isle of Man in this regard.

For the record, the CBI has already filed a chargesheet against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi for accepting bribe of Rs 200 crore in allocating the 2G spectrum to Swan Telecom. The alleged bribe was paid in the form of an investment in Cineyug through which it was siphoned off to Kalaignar TV owned by Karunanidhi led DMK.

Moreover, the Enforcement Directorate had seized Rs 32 crore along with bribe amount of Rs 200 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. 
 
(JPN/Bureau)