Indian police raid home of lobbyist over telecoms


NEW DELHI, AFP

Indian police on Wednesday raided the home and offices of a political lobbyist and the home of a former telecoms chief in connection with an alleged telecoms scam that has rocked the government. Officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched properties in New Delhi of lobbyist Niira Radia and Pradip Baijal, the former chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Radia’s telephone was tapped by police in 2009 in a tax probe, during which she was recorded speaking with public figures about the re-appointment of the then telecoms minister, A. Raja, and the sale of lucrative 2G mobile licences.

Raja resigned last month amid accusations that he had sold the licences at cut-price rates to favored firms, costing the exchequer up to US$40 billion.