New Delhi: Responding to the security concerns raised by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, the CBI on Tuesday said that it was not aware of the threat to national security posed owing to the allocation of 2G Spectrum to some telecom firms, which later offloaded their shares to global firms having links with Pakistan. (With Agency Inputs)
Before Special Judge Pradeep Chaddha, the CBI said that it had been probing the 2G spectrum allocation scam as per the case registered by it.
It further said, "We are not aware of the details of national security aspect as raised by Swamy in his application as a copy of the complaint by him is not available with us."
Swamy had alleged, "The first two licensees, Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless, sold their controlling shares to Etisalat DB and Telenor respectively. The national security risk from these companies were highlighted by the Union Home Ministry as their connections go right to Pakistan,"
Swamy had also sought the court's direction to the CBI to ask the Union Home Ministry, Research and Analysis Wing and other intelligence agencies to ascertain the bearings of 2G spectrum allocation scam on national security.
The court, which asked the CBI to find out the national security concerns as raised by Swamy, said, "It is your (CBI) work to find out what national security risk is connected with the 2G spectrum allocation."
Following CBI's plea that it did not have the copy of Swamy's complaint, the latter promptly handed over the copy to the agency with additional offer to sit with them to discuss various issues.
Swamy asked, "Home Ministry report says that Etisalat should not come to India but it has been allowed. How can the Telecom Ministry allow it"?
He further states that Swam Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, arrested for his role in the 2G scam owns a private airport at Palanpur in Gujarat, which is illegal as per the laws of the land.
"Balwa owns private jets and VIPs and criminals can go from there without any check," Swamy alleged. He also claimed that as per a Union Home Ministry report, Balwa is linked to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The court was hearing Swamy's complaint for trial of Raja and others for their alleged role in the 2G scam.
On Swamy's complaint, the CBI said it should be transferred to the court trying the 2G spectrum case. On this, Swamy said that he would like that the proceedings on both the matters -- the trial of Raja and others in the 2G scam and hearing on his complaint –be clubbed together and be held in one court.
"If both the cases could be heard together, I do not have any problem as I am working for public interests," Swamy told the court.
The CBI told the court that they are also probing the matter as per the directions of the Supreme Court as to why TRAI and DOT did not take actions against those licensees who sold their stakes and also against them who failed to fulfill their rollout obligations after securing the licences.
It further said Swan Telecom was allotted licences for 13 circles for Rs 1,537 crore and it offloaded 45 percent of its shares in the licences before the rollout to Etisalat of the UAE for Rs 4,200 crore.
Unitech Wireless offloaded its 60 per cent shares to Telenor of Norway for Rs 6,100 crore after it was allotted licences for 22 circles for Rs 1,658 crore, CBI said adding that they sold their stakes even before rolling out their services.
"The estimated loss to the government by grant of licenses to these two companies alone comes to Rs 7,105 crore," it said, adding on pro rata basis, the estimated loss for all 122 UAS licenses issued in 2008 is more than Rs 22,000 crore.
The CAG had evaluated a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer in allocation of the spectrum, for which Swamy had filed the complaint.
New Delhi: Responding to the security concerns raised by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, the CBI on Tuesday said that it was not aware of the threat to national security posed owing to the allocation of 2G Spectrum to some telecom firms, which later offloaded their shares to global firms having links with Pakistan.
(With Agency Inputs)