New Delhi (Agencies):A Delhi court allowed the CBI to quiz former Telecom Minister A Raja  for four more days in custody so as to confront him with Shahid Usman Balwa, the promoter of Swan Telecom, to ascertain their alleged roles in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"Considering the serious nature and facts of the case, further recovery of the documents and the need for further confrontation of the accused with each other and documents as well as their consequent interrogation, I find merit in the submission of the investigating agency seeking grant of four days police custody remand of both the accused", Special CBI Judge O P Saini said.

"Both the accused are remanded to police custody till February 14," the judge said.

The 47-year-old DMK leader, who is being interrogated for seven days in custody by the agency, sought that his counsel be allowed to witness his custodial quizzing.

Balwa, who was arrested in Mumbai, also sought the presence of his lawyer during the interrogation.

The court, however, rejected their plea saying "when any person is arrested and interrogated by the police, he shall be entitled to meet an advocate of his choice during interrogation, though not throughout interrogation".

During the hearing, CBI sought four days of custodial interrogation of Raja and Balwa, saying it is necessary to unravel the conspiracy.

"Their further sustained custodial interrogation is required and they are also required to be confronted with each other as well as other suspects," CBI said.

Balwa-promoted Swan Telecom was allegedly favoured by the former Telecom Minister in granting UAS licenses and the scarce and costly radio waves, CBI submitted.

"It has also come to light that there was a transaction of Rs 214 crore from M/s Cineyug Films private limited to Kalaignar TV in 2009. Kalaignar TV belongs to Sharad Kumar and
others who are closly associated with Raja.

The funds were arranged by M/s Cineyug Films from D B Group companies wherein the family members of Balwa are the Directors or shareholders," CBI said in its application.

CBI also submitted that the diary register of the office of the Minister of Communication and IT, relevant to the facts of the case, are yet to be recovered at the instance of Raja.  

It further said Balwa was also not giving proper answers to the questions concerning the share holding pattern in the Swan telecom and has also been hiding facts.

The agency alleged the accused were influential persons who may tamper with the evidence and also attempt to win over the key witnesses.

Earlier, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura and R K Chandolia, former Personal Secretary of Raja, were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days on the conclusion of their five-day interrogation.

However, Raja's police custody was extended by two more days as the probe agency told the court that he was evasive and not non-coperative.