2G scam: CBI lawyer sacked

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 22:13 hrs

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sacked one its lawyers working on the 2G spectrum scam case on charges that he was allegedly colluding with one of the accused firms, media reports said Monday.

CBI prosecutor A K Singh was removed after he was heard on audio tapes purportedly advising Unitech Managing Director Sanjay Chandra about legal strategy, the agency confirmed.

The CBI on Monday questioned both Singh and Chandra over the taped phoned conversation that was sent to it anonymously and is being forensically examined.

A statement from Unitech said that Chandra "wishes to make it absolutely clear that he has never met the prosecutor in the 2G case outside of court or had any phone conversation with him."

"He denies the suggestion that his voice is on any alleged recording. It appears a fabricated voice recording has been sent anonymously to the CBI," the statement said.

Unitech, which operates in India in partnership with Norwegian firm Telenor under the Uninor brand, is one of the companies accused of receiving out-of-turn mobile licenses in 2008.

In perhaps the biggest scam in Independent India, allegedly masterminded by former telecoms minister A Raja, spectrum was given away at throwaway prices in 2008 causing a potential revenue loss of up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

While Raja, a number of government and private sector officials and firms face trial, a landmark judgement by the Supreme Court last year had quashed 122 licenses issued under the sale.

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