New Delhi (Jagran News Network): A court on Thursday sent former Union Telecom Minister A Raja to five days CBI custody in order to help the agency further investigation in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Raja’s aides – former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura and personal secretary RK Chandolia were also given the five day custody by the Patiala House court.

The CBI had pleaded that the accused were evasive when questions about the alleged scam were posed to them during probe. Raja, however, denied the same and claimed he had done no wrong.

The agency alleged that Raja had received bribes and sold second generation spectrum to Swan Telecom and Uninor, who got the spectrum for a pittance and resold it for bumper profit.

Raja countered that the companies resold the license to cover costs of infrastructure etc.

The trio was arrested under sections 120B, 13(2), 13(1D) of Prevention of Corruption Act on the charges of criminal conspiracy, abuse of official provision and unjustifiably favouring private companies in the allocation of 2G spectrum.

"Based on the facts disclosed so far during the investigations regarding their role in allocation of Letter of Intent and resultant Unified Access Services Licenses and Spectrum to certain companies ahead of others, the CBI has on Wednesday arrested the then Telecom Minister, the then Telecom Secretary, the then Private Secretary to the Minister," a brief statement issued by the CBI said.

CBI sources said that the decision to arrest Raja was arrived at after one of those questioned by it had given details of some financial transactions of the former minister between 2007, when the process for giving the new licences began, and January, 2008 when the actual licences were given.

The arrest of 47-year-old Raja, who has been questioned four times by the agency, comes over two months after he resigned in the wake of the spectrum controversy.

Raja was forced to resign on November 14 last year in the wake of the CAG report which held that the spectrum allocation at undervalued prices resulted in a notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer.

The Supreme Court is itself monitoring the multi-agency probe into the irregularities in allocating spectrum. It has asked the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to submit their status reports on their probes by Feb 10.

In its FIR, CBI said the loss in spectrum allocation as Rs 22,000 crore based on Central Vigilance Commission findings which had referred the case to it.

Raja undergoes medical check-up

Former Telecom Minister, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with 2G spectrum allocation case, was taken to Safdarjung Hospital on Thursday for medico-legal check-up before being produced in the court.

As per the Safdarjung medical record books, Raja entered the hospital at 6.06 in the morning where he was subjected to a number of medical tests to see if he is fit enough to be kept in the custody.

"In a medico-legal check-up, the physician looks for external and internal injury in the person who undergoes the tests. The person is subjected to a variety of tests which include those of liver, kidney, eye, blood pressure etc," a doctor with Safdarjung hospital said.

Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddartha Behura and Raja's former Personal Secretary R K Chandolia, were arrested yesterday by CBI in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Demoralising effect on DMK

In an apparent reference to the arrest of A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Thursday admitted it has created a "demoralising" effect but vowed to overcome it.

He said whenever the party General Council had met, it usually faced a challenge and "the challenge now had disturbed and shocked us".

In his address at the meeting, he said, "It has created some sort of demoralising effect. That's all. But I am sure we will see the light of truth very soon."

Quoting party founder late C N Annadurai, he said, "We have the heart to bear anything," adding these words were the guiding principles of the party.

Referring to his recent visit to Delhi where he met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Karunanidhi said it was a successful one.

He asked his partymen to take up as a challenge to defeat the inimical forces and ensure victory for the party in the hustings.