NEW DELHI: CBI’s witness Aseervartham Achary on Tuesday informed the court that former Telecom Minister A Raja would regularly visit Kanimozhi at her South Avenue residence in New Delhi.
Admitting that he had never been to Kanimozhi’s house, he said that Raja had told him he was meeting Kanimozhi at her house in South Avenue and that he need not be disturbed there. According to Achary, Raja also regularly met other DMK ministers E V Velu and Arcot Veeraswamy and DMK MPs A K S Vijayan and Tiruchi Siva when they visited Delhi.
Achary made these statements before Special CBI Judge O P Saini during his cross-examination by 2G scam accused Shahid Balwa’s counsel.
Achary also said he had once received a phone call from corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, who regularly met Raja at his office when he was the Minister for Environment and Forests from 2004 to 2007.
Achary, however, said he did not know the purpose of Radia’s visits and whether she met Raja to pursue Tata’s projects. Radia was at that time owner of PR firm Vaishnavi, which handled the corporate communications portfolio for the Tata Group at the time.