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In the land of Giants, we are Pygmies.
But none can dismiss the precursor, the 2 G scam of allotting Licences in the Telecommunication sector by breaking every Law known .
to man, arm twisting and pure criminal intent.
Radia Tapes, Depositions by every one high and low, Court Strictures, jailing of Raja and Kanimozhi and of course of their release, murder of a witness close to the deal, location and identification of the Money trail…
Now the deposition by the then Attorney General that the issue of allotting the Licences to first come-first served,the alteration of the Press Note cleared by The AG……
Of what use and to what end?
I posted a blog on ‘Hitler‘s Germany, Photo Essay’ which drew a comment that it was horrible that an event could take place like this.
My reply was ‘It is a sin to be indifferent when inhuman acts are done and in such a situation, people should have reacted against Hitler which they did not.
World War II and the Holocaust was the Result.
The other side is that when people in Power allow things to drift as the Weimar Republic had done in Germany then people yearn for an alternative even if they were aware they were descending towards Inhumanity, they welcome it, ‘as in Hitler’s case.
By allowing the Corrupt free as in India, we are escalating a situation as those in Germany prior to Hitler and the French Revolution of 1789.
Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati told the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on Tuesday that a Department of Telecommunications press release inviting applications for spectrum allocation in 2008 cleared by him was altered by Telecommunications Minister A Raja before it was issued. Vahanvati was the solicitor general at the time.
According to JPC chairman P C Chacko, the Attorney General also asserted that there had been no discussions between him and the minister, as claimed by the latter. Vahanvati told the committee that the changes in the first-come-first-served policy were never discussed with him and he had nothing to do with the allocation of 2G spectrum licences.
Vahanvati stated during his deposition that then telecom secretary Siddharth Behura had brought the file related to the press note pertaining to the policy, on grant of Unified Access Service licences, to him on January 7, 2008, and sought his opinion on the factual status about any stay in court on the issue of letter of intent. He had offered opinion on the “premise of trust”, Vahanvati said. However, he was not aware of the amendments subsequently made in the press note issued on January 10, 2008.
Chacko said, “That amendment… which had led to a qualitative change in the selection process was not known to the Attorney General.” Vahanvati, according to him, “conceded that he could not disagree that his trust was belied”.
Earlier I blogged on the fact that Dayanidhi maran, former Telecom Minister and Grand nephew of DMK Supremeo, Karunanidhi and Brother of Kalaanidhi Maran who controls SUN TV Group.
Now the CBI has deposed before the JPC that it has evidence that Dayanidhi Maran had received the Bribe from Astro All Asia Net Woks Plc-Rs. 549.96 Crore by way of investment in SUN DTH at an inflated rate.
Astro All Asia Net Woks Plc is a related company of Maxis Communication.
CBI is reported to have quizzed Dayanidhi Maran last week on this and he is reported to have replied in writing.
What is of note is that this action comes just after The Presidential Election and new alignments are in the offing for the next General Elections.
The CBI has recently questioned the former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection with a case against him, his brother Kalanithi Maran and Malaysian business tycoon and head of Maxis Communications T. Ananda Krishnan of allegedly coercing the former owner of Aircel Televentures C. Sivasankaran into selling his equity in Aircel.
Mr. Dayanidhi Maran allegedly denied Mr. Sivasankaran’s firm seven pending 2G spectrum licences in various circles, and the Point of Interconnection facility from the state-owned BSNL.
The CBI alleged that an illegal gratification of Rs. 549.96 crore accrued to the Maran brothers from the purchase of Sun Direct TV shares by Astro All Asia Networks Plc, a related company of Maxis Communications, allegedly at a “highly inflated” rate.
Tehelka exposed the shenanigans of Maran and Maran has come out with a defense ‘ there was no loss to the government during his tenure as Union telecom minister, Maran said he was not even a minister when Astroinvested in Sun TV Network. “I own no shares or interest in Sun TV Network,” .
He is said to have issued notice to Tehelka, which is nothing but legal non sense with no substance and facts…..
Is Ananda Krishnan a front for Maran?
Facts seem to speak differently.
According to sources, the CBI has now trained its guns on a strikingly similar deal — though the quantum is almost four times that of the Balwa-Kalaignar transaction — between Sun TV Group, owned by the family of Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran, and Malaysian business conglomerate Maxis Group and owner of 74 percent direct equity in Aircel Group, the country’s seventh biggest telecom operator….
In November 2006, then Telecom Minister Maran granted 14 (UASL) for Aircel. The licence, along with the startup 2G spectrum, was awarded at the same price at which later Raja gave away 2G licenses to Swan, Unitech and a host of other players in 2008 — Aircel paid Rs 1,399 crore for 14 telecom circles, the price was arrived at through an auction process in 2001 when the telecom industry was in its nascent stage.
The telecom licences to Aircel were awarded after about two years of ‘unwarranted’ delay on the part of the DoT headed by Maran at the time. Aircel’s applications for new circles were pending since Maran’s takeover as minister for communications and IT in May 2004. According to the report prepared by the one-man committee of Justice (retired) Shivraj Patil constituted to examine the appropriateness of procedures followed by DoT in issuing licences during the period 2001-2009, the DoT kept raising ‘irrelevant’, ‘vague’ and ‘unwarranted’ queries about different aspects related to Aircel and kept the applications pending (Patil submitted his report to present Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on 31 January)….
It was only after March 2006, when Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, whose parents were Sri Lankan Tamils, bought 74 percent stake in Aircel, that its file gained momentum. Until then the company was owned by C Sivasankaran, the chairman of Siva Group (earlier known as Sterling Infotech Group). Krishnan paid Rs 3,390.82 crore for 74 percent equity in Aircel. Today, Aircel is the seven biggest telecom operator in the country with its net worth valued in the range of $7.5-$8 billion…”
- JPC grills CBI: why clean chit to PM, Chidambaram? (thehindu.com)
- Report: Maxis looks to exit India (zdnet.com)
Effrontery and Arrogance Personified.
On his sexual prowess, note what he says !
The question marks that hung over Swami Nityananda, 34, head of the Bangalore-based meditation centre Dhyanapeetham, after a sleazy sex video surfaced two years ago, momentarily disappeared when he was named the 293rd pontiff of south India’s oldest Shaivite math, the Madurai Adheenam, in April. But old allegations are back to haunt the controversial godman again, following a spill-all TV interview by a former lady devotee, Arati Rao. Jailed for assaulting a journalist and released on bail, he spoke to Deepak Thimaya in Madurai.
You can read a shorter version of this interview here.
This is the full, unexpurgated transcript.
Don’t you think you have let you devotees down and also put some of them in a defensive position?
I don’t think I have let down my devotees or put them in a defensive position. It is an attack on us. So the people who are attacking, are only trying to put me down and my devotees. I feel the devotees who have experienced the spiritual transformational benefits from me are very clear that it is an attack on us. It is persecution. So neither they feel I let them down nor I feel I feel I let them down. It is persecution of me and my devotees.
Some of your devotees who still continue to be your devotees feel that they have been put in an uncomfortable position, because they don’t know what the truth is.
If I know who exactly is the person who is saying this, I may be able to explain. It looks more hypothetical and generalized. I am unable to answer this question.
Some of your devotees may want to know it, because all may not want to accept you without questioning. Do you think you have caused discomfort to such devotees at least?
I don’t feel I caused any discomfort to them, anywhere. Because, all spiritual movements have been persecuted sometime and all such spiritual leaders have gone through such problems some time or the other. I taught my devotees to live in a complete personal spiritual experience instead of being bothered, tortured, being tarnished and being disturbed by some opinion which comes from here and there or from vague quarters without much understanding and without looking into the depths.
Don’t you think by saying this you are actually negating the kind of deluge that your organization is facing of public opinion? You as the guru, the all-knowing, may feel that it is a small and insignificant thing, to an ordinary person it may be a very overwhelming thing.
You called it a deluge — it means it is something that will settle down. So, you yourself said it. For me it may be happening in a corner, but for a person on the street, it is happening all over. But, don’t you understand and can’t you look at this angle that the person on the street does not care about this issue? The 2G scam was huge for some people while it was not so huge for some other
Are you referring to the huge reception A. Raja received in TN?
No, I am not getting into the details of that, but am only giving a general example of any deluge is personal experience.
What you say is, what is deluge for someone may not be a deluge for someone else.
Neither I feel it is a deluge nor the disciples who experienced me feel that it is a deluge.
You very specifically said that different spiritual movements have gone through persecution at different times. Agreed, but never persecution based on the spiritual leader’s personal conduct, personal character or personality itself. In most cases the persecution was related to the ideological differences.
No. I can give thousands of examples where the personality was attacked. See, if it is only ideology, it is very easy. Attack on ideology is always the beginning. But in course it is always the personality that is attacked. Ideology is nothing but the expansion and the extension of the personality. Whether the Buddha, means the master, or the Dhamma, his message, or the Sangha his organization — all these three are ultimately the expansion or the extension of the same source. So, I feel all attack was always on all three for all masters
Most devotees feel that as a Master you know more than your devotes or at least you are supposed to know more. Did you not that this was coming?
I can say in a way I know when the usual course of persecution comes.
Did you know when you were conducting all your programs in full steam, that something like this would actually come and cause distress?
I expected this kind of some persecution in some form. I had predicted it too.
May be 2009.
To a group of devotees in a public class.
But that was when things were already going wrong in your ashram and you have been getting the hint.
No, there was nothing wrong going on within or outside the ashram. Whether something was going wrong or right, that there some anti-spiritual elements that were waiting to attack.
From the statements of Ms. Arati Rao, one can specifically and clearly know that in 2009 she had heard other people talking about the things thing not being right in the ashram. If you predicted in 2009 that things could wrong, would that mean that by then you had got the wind of it, and knew that something had gone beyond your control?
Two things. First thing whatever (Arati Rao) says is a lie. I am not accepting even one word of what she said. That second thing is that what I said in 2009 was in a spiritual angle with a spiritual intuition. I was not said on the basis of what people were talking or some activity. It was based on intuition, understanding the energy flow and astrological calculations
Why would a woman like Arati Rao come up with these allegations?
You should ask her.
You know that Arati Rao and Nityananda Swamy are not the same and cannot be put on the same balance. Your statements will be weighed and analysed quite differently from hers. You will be treated differently because of your position in the society. Now, what would make her to openly say that she was abused?
This is exactly the problem with ManmohnanSingh.
He does not know or even aware of what is happening around him or Is he?
Judge for yourself.
“NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister’s Office does not have any information about meetings held between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the thenTelecom Minister and 2G scam accused A Raja, between August 2007 and July 2008.
Replying to an RTI application filed by one Deepak Saluja in this regard, the top office has passed the buck to Special Protection Group, an exempted organisation under the RTI Act, for furnishing details of the meetings.
The SPG which is exempted from making any disclosure under the RTI Act except those related to allegations of human rights violation and corruption has refused to furnish the information citing the exemption clause.
The PMO also transferred the application to Department of Telecommunication to provide the information but it was also sent back with Director (coordination) stating that it was PMO to answer the application.
After SPG and DOT refused to furnish the information, PMO cited another exemption clause related to national security to deny the information saying “it has been consistent stand not to reveal details of appointment.”
They entered the market knowing well that there is a huge market out there and they decided to call for tenders.
They floated the tender(to know how they fixed the tender read my blog under corruption2G scam origin and Growth)
Concurrently there were discussion about the possibility,nay the probability of the Companies participating in the Tendering process ,selling the licences.((now, Chidambaram and Co call it by different names,mergers, acquisitions).
And they deliberated as to what percentage the government should share out of the proceeds in that event as early as in 2008.
Now the process is long over and the Companies have sold these Licences(let Chidambaram,in his infinite wisdom may call it in any way he likes),the Government has not bothered to fix the percentage of sharing the revenue thus raked in,let alone recover it.
One of the best methods to escape responsibility and prosecution is to deny there is no crime involved.
First the statement that ’the 2 G loss is notional’
Then ‘tender procedures were followed’
‘Note has been sent’
‘The authority determining the loss,CAG, has exceeded its brief’
If the Government knew and was intent in earning why these norms were not implemented till date?
It is evident even to an idiot like me that the Companies have made enormous profit, simply by paying bribe ,get the Licence and sell it at a premium.
Look at the price the companies sold the 2 G licences
“Asked by The Hindu why the Swan and Unitech transactions — in which the two firms offloaded 45% and 60% of their stake to Etisalat and Telenor — were not finally subjected to the government’s share of the premium as had apparently been envisaged in the January 30, 2008 discussions, Mr. Chidambaram said in an emailed reply that these were neither mergers nor acquisitions. “Merger and Acquisition (M&A) policy is relevant when two companies merge with each other (merger) or one company acquires another company (acquisition). In the cases of Swan–Etisalat and Unitech-Telenor, the Indian company issued new shares to the foreign investor. These cases were governed by the FDIpolicy. I have already clarified that these two cases of FDI fell under the ‘automatic route’ and no permission was required and no permission was given by the Ministry of Finance.”
And how much they have offloaded?
Next to nothing?
( one should note that there was a ‘paperless meeting among Raja,Chidambaram and Manmohan Singh’ in 2008-read my blog on this)”
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy’s deposition against Home Minister P Chidambaram will continue on January 7 in the 2G spectrum scam case.
The special CBI court sought certified copies of documents from Parliament and concerned departments. The documents sought are the ones on which Swamy relied to prove his case against Chidambaram.
After the Delhi court deferred the hearing till January 7, Swamy said, “Happy to note that the judge said that if on the four documents you give a certified copy, then it is possible that you may not need any witnesses – in which case we can go straight to trial, if necessary.”
“By the 7th, I’ll have given those certified documents and then I will move a prayer under section 319 CrpC, the Chidambaram be summoned to the court as an accused, ” added Swamy.
Swamy has alleged that former telecom minister A Raja and Chidambaram were involved in the 2G scam together and compromised national security.
Swamy also alleged that Raja worked on Chidambaram’s instructions and that he will expose the Home Minister. “The letters exchanged between the two, and the letter exchanged between the PM and Mr Chidambaram, the meeting that took place between Raja and Chidambaram, four meetings and their minutes, all these I’ve got and I’ve filed them already and I’ll be referring to them in my presentation. He is responsible for it, he has committed so many crimes, he’s being too smart, he thinks that being a lawyer he can always have an alibi. I might also consider, if not today, on an another occasion, to bring in section 13 (1), to say that Mr Chidambaram is a habitual offender, because now he has many cases against him sprouting out.”
Testifying as a witness in support of his private complaint seeking prosecution of Chidambaram, Swamy said Raja could not be held guilty “alone” of the charges that he fixed the price of spectrum licence in 2008 at the prevailing rates of 2001.”