The scam involving politicians and government
officials in India
Illegally undercharging mobile telephone
companies for frequency allocation licenses.
The shortfall between the money collected and the
money that the law mandated to be collected is
estimated to be 1766.45 billion (US$29 billion), as
valued by the Comptroller and Auditor General of
Political career :
Political party - DMK
Present constituency - Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
Former Union Cabinet Minister (Communication and
Information Technology – 2007 & 2009)
In a joint investigation report prepared by Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) and Income Tax Department the agencies
allege that A.Raja could have received 30billion as bribe.
Criminal breach of trust by a public servant under section
Criminal conspiracy under section 120-B, cheating under
section 420 &
Forgery under sections 468 and 471. Booked under
the Prevention of Corruption Act for accepting illegal
Taken into custody (arrested) by CBI on 2 February 2011.
Daughter of five-time
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,
Political party DMK.
She is a member of parliament, representing Tamil Nadu in
the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of Indian Parliament).
As per the chargesheet filed by CBI Kanimozhi has 20%
stake in her family owned Kalaignar TV
worked along with former telecom minister A. Raja to
get DB Realty promoter Shahid Balwa to circuitously
route 2 billion (US$33 million) to Kalaignar TV
Criminal conspiracy to cause criminal breach of trust by a
public servant, criminal conspiracy under section 120-B
Cheating under section 420 &
Forgery under sections 468 and 471.
Booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act
Taken into custody (arrested) by CBI on 20 May 2011
Unitech, Swan Telecom got licenses without any prior
Swan Telecom given license even though it did not meet
Swan got license forRs.1537 crore, sold 45% stake to Etisalat
for Rs.4200 crore
Unitech Wireless got license for Rs.1661 crore, sold 60%
stake for Rs.6 200 crore
All nine companies paid Dot only Rs.10,772 crore for 2G
Tata first has been shown as a victim of DMK
leader, A. Raja in the CBI first charge sheet.
Surprisingly, CBI estimated loss of
Rs. 8,448.95 crores to the exchequer from Tata’s dual
Tata not only got 19 dual technology licenses but also got 3
new licenses in 2008 at 2001 price for which loss to the
exchequer is estimated to Rs .22,535.6 crores.
A. Raja considered Tata applications for dual
technology licenses even though these applications
were filed after last date.
Tata was the biggest beneficiary of A. Raja policies
and major contributor of loss to the exchequer
claimed by CBI in its charge sheet.
Anil Ambani, chairman of the Anil
Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), is now
a suspect in the 2G scam.
When Ambani was brought face-to-face with Raja and
Balwa, he claimed that his group had exited Swan
Telecom when it got the UAS licence on January 10, 2008.
The sources also disclosed that Ambani was asked more
than 50 questions on the shareholding pattern since the
incorporation of Swan Telecom - and the ownership
transfer of the company to Balwa and Goenka.
The Indian Income Tax department tapped
Radia's phone lines for 300 days in 2008-
2009 as part of their investigations into
possible money laundering, restricted
financial practices, and tax evasion.
The CBI has announced that they have 5,851 recordings
of phone conversations by Radia attempts to broker deals
in relation to the 2G spectrum sale.
The tapes appear to demonstrate how Radia attempted to
use some media persons to influence the decision to
appoint A. Raja as telecom minister.
Adverse effect on Economy.
Slowdown in Equity Investments.
Lack of transparency creating speculations.
Dip in revenue by 40% in 2010.