New Delhi: A PMO official today identified in a Delhi court the letters exchanged between erstwhile Telecom Minister A Raja and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November-December 2007 on the issue of 2G spectrum allocation.
Deposing in the court as a CBI witness, Pushpendra Kumar Sharma, a section officer in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), identified the letters written by Raja, the key accused in the 2G case, to the Prime Minister on 2 November, 2007 and 26 December, 2007 respectively.
He told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that he had sent a letter to CBI on 9 March, 2011 through which he had sent the correspondence mentioned therein to the agency on its prayer.
"The correspondence sent by me to the CBI includes letter of A Raja to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dated November 2, 2007... and another letter of the same date from A Raja to the Prime Minister...
It also included, he said, "Letter of 26 December, 2007 written by A Raja to the Prime Minister along with its annexures."
According to the CBI charge sheet, Raja had written to the Prime Minister on 2 November, 2007 "misrepresenting the facts and fraudulently justifying his decision regarding the cut off date of 25 September, 2007 on the ground that on this date, the announcement of cutoff date appeared in newspapers."
The Prime Minister had written back to Raja on 2 November, 2007 itself and his letter "appropriately flagged the issue of 'processing of large number of applications received for fresh licences against the back drop of inadequate spectrum to cater to overall demand'," the agency had said in its chargesheet.
The agency had alleged that Raja had ignored the advice of the Prime Minister that the availability of 2G spectrum be assessed before the grant of licences.
The CBI had alleged in its charge sheet that Raja, on November 2, 2007 itself, had replied to the PM saying "there was, and is, no single deviation or departure in the rules and procedures contemplated in all the decisions taken by my ministry and as such full transparency is being maintained by my ministry and further assure you the same in future also."
It had said that Raja again wrote a letter to the PM on 26 December, 2007 and the then telecom minister "intentionally and deliberately misrepresented the facts about first come first served policy..."
The CBI had alleged that the 26 December, 2007 letter was written by Raja and co-accused R K Chandolia, the then private secretary to the telecom minister, and was "not a result of the deliberations of the Department of Telecommunications in its files as such."
Raja, Chandolia and DMK MP Kanimozhi, along with others, are facing trial for various offences including criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and faking documents under the Indian Penal Code and for the offences of abusing official position, getting bribe and criminal misconduct by public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act.