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CBI issues charge sheet against Raja in assets case

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CBI issues charge sheet against Raja in assets case

Former Union Telecom Minister A Raja was sent to jail in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, but the CBI could not prove any charges against him, so a special court of the probe agency acquitted him.

New Delhi: A special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) acquitted former Union Telecom Minister A Raja of the charges of corruption in the 2G spectrum scam, but the probe agency has issued a fresh charge sheet against him in connection with amassing disproportionate assets.

Raja was sent to jail in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case, but the CBI could not prove any charges against him, so the special acquitted him.

According to official sources, the agency issued a charge sheet on Tuesday, saying that he had accumulated assets to the tune of R 5.53 crore during his tenure as Union minister.

The charge sheet filed before a special CBI court in Chennai alleged that a close associate of Raja, C Krishnamurthy, had set up a company, Kovai Shelters Promoter, in January, 2007. The firm had received Rs 4.56 crore as commission from a company in Gurugram, Haryana, for buying land in Kanchipuram.

According to the charge sheet, Raja had collected assets worth Rs 5.53 crore, including the payment of Rs 4.56 crore to the company of which his close kin were directors. The agency alleged that the assets were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

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