”The meeting between Raja and Radia along with the woman MP took place at Taj Mansingh hotel. The room was booked in the name of Radia. ” : दी पायनियर अखबार ने राडिया-राजा प्रकरण पर काफी खबरें प्रकाशित की हैं. इस कम बिकने-दिखने वाले पर ऐतिहासिक अखबार ने राडिया-राजा दलाली प्रकरण के खुलासे में बड़ी भूमिका निभाई.
दी पायनियर को प्रकरण को प्रमुखता से उठाने के लिए सलाम करते हुए अखबार में प्रकाशित एक खबर यहां दे रहे हैं. इस खबर में बताया गया है कि कुख्यात दलाल नीरा राडिया राजनेता ए. राजा के संपर्क में कैसे आई. इस रिपोर्ट में बताया गया है कि एक महिला नेता, जो बाद में राज्यसभा सदस्य बन गई, ने राडिया को राजा से मिलवाया था. राडिया तब एक एयरलाइन शुरू करना चाहती थी और उसके लिए कई तरह के क्लीयरेंस मंत्रालयों से लेने थे. होटल ताजमान सिंह में पहली मुलाकात के बाद राडिया-राजा में नजदीकी बढ़ती चली गई और दोनों ने कई बड़े प्रोजेक्ट्स पर काम किया जिसमें 2जी स्पेक्ट्रम मामला भी है. राडिया-राजा मिलन की कहानी चार साल पहले शुरू होती है, जनवरी 2006 से. पायनियर की वेबसाइट से पूरी रिपोर्ट और इस पर आए कुछ कमेंट यहां प्रकाशित किए जा रहे हैं. -एडिटर
Raja-Radia links go back 4 years
J Gopikrishnan | New Delhi
Telecom Minister A Raja had offered to help a woman public relations lobbyist, Nira Radia, four years ago get CCEA clearance for starting an airline — a proposal that was shot down by other Ministers. But it was just the beginning. Later, Raja helped her get environmental clearance for some housing projects launched by two corporate giants. The telephone intercepts of Radia, as reported by The Pioneer on Wednesday, show that she was in touch with Raja regarding the 2G spectrum deal too.
Radia first got in touch with Raja through a woman politician in January 2006, when he was the Environment Minister. The woman who introduced Radia to Raja later became a Rajya Sabha member. Radia reportedly wanted Raja’s support for lobbying with the Cabinet members in CCEA for getting approval to start an airlines company, known as Magic Airlines.
According to sources, Raja contacted three members of the CCEA to help out Radia. But they refused to back him. “It was a funny project. A real non-transparent project. There were lots of discrepancies in the mode of foreign investment,” one such Minister told The Pioneer on Wednesday.
According to Environment Ministry sources, Radia became a frequent visitor and struck a big deal by getting environmental clearance for the pan-India project of housing development for the two big companies. This deal onwards, Radia’s clout increased in the Environment Ministry.
Due to the unceremonious exit of Dayanidhi Maran in May 2007, Raja landed in Telecom Ministry and Radia become a power centre as most of her big clients were key players in the sector. According to sources, the CBI investigated her role in the 2G spectrum scandal on the basis of confession of top DoT officials.
Sources said the CBI had evidence that just a few days before the spectrum allotment on January 10, 2008, a “criminal conspiracy” took place involving Radia and Raja. Of the allotted nine companies, four were served by Radia.
“The meeting between Raja and Radia along with the woman MP took place at Taj Mansingh hotel. The room was booked in the name of Radia. According to log book details of the official car and as per confessional statements by top DoT officials, the Minister’s arrival at the hotel has been proven,” said a senior CBI official.
The CBI sought permission to interrogate Radia after tapping her phone for over 300 days, but it was not allowed to do so by “highest authorities”, said sources. Fearing her arrest, Radia left for London in February this year.
COMMENTS BOARD ::
Ministry on Sale?
By Dinesh on 5/7/2010 4:37:04 PM
India is Constantly ” BLEEDING ” by 2 side of Attack. Merciless KILLING SPREE by Terrorists & LOOTING SPREE by some Corrupted Politicians. One Side would never be stopped and Another side would never go. Could we expect Kasab’s Judgement ” DEATH PENALTY ” for both side? Why not put Corrupted Politicians, Traitors and Terrorists in same category? Unnecessary Powers to Useless Politicians is more Hazardous than Terrorists. Parliament only wakes up when Media breaks any story on Scams.
Why Congress is hitting back at Raja?
By SunilK on 5/7/2010 12:15:03 AM
Since there was a Revenue Share deal between Raja and Congress Party, Congress wanted to check if Raja had declared his earnings through Spectrum Scandal correctly. On tapping Raja’s aides phone, Congress found out that Raja had not declared his earnings correctly by selling govt. spectrum and Raja had swallowed huge sums of money without sharing with congress party. Congress party had been trying to negotiate with Raja to get its share in the deal.
By Dis-illusioned on 5/2/2010 10:00:42 PM
Dear J.G. Excellent reporting.. But can u pls throw some light on: 1) Why was Radia under surveillance ? Was it for spectrum scam or for some other suspicion? 2) How can the govt recover the 22,000 crore that has been siphoned off by Raja & Radia? This money can be invested in some social upliftment programme or mid-day meal schemes for school going children 3) If Radia is a British Citizen, she is not entitled to Constitutional Rights of Indian Citizens.
By M.Gowri Shanker on 4/29/2010 6:58:51 PM
Well done. Pity,however,that nothing comes of it ,seeing that UPA depends on DMK for it`s ignominious survival and will do nothing to imperil its opportunistic alliance.
Raja should be put in jail at all costs
By N.KRISHNA on 4/29/2010 4:36:56 PM
This is the type of politicians that DMK had produced. It is no wonder that while in Chennai, I found that the public is half starved
BJP and CPM should ensure Raja goes if they believe in probity in Public life
By Shankar on 4/29/2010 7:19:35 AM
Salute to Gopikrishnan for single handedly pursuing this case in which all the mainstream TV and media seemed to be developing cold shoulder.
This is the right time for the opposition to ensure people like Raja are prosecuted for causing one lac crore loss to the nation.
If it can’t happen now it can never happen.
If Tharoor can be sacrificed for 70 crores how could Raja spirit away with one lakh crore loss to exchequer
By Malini Bose on 4/29/2010 1:49:17 AM
Another Sunanda Pushkar. Seems Nira Radia is Sunanda Pushkar to Raja. Why TV Channels are silent on this controversy? Is it due to Raja is the Minister in charge of OB Vans, Transmission of TV waves and Spectrum frequency to the TV Channels? Or the TV Channel owners/management/people running the show took their pound of flesh from Raja/Radia. It would be nice to listen to Radia Tapes. Is it available through RTI? Congrats to Pioneer