CHENNAI:Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Saturday said the FIR filed against him and his family members by the Chennai unit of CBI was violative of Supreme Court order in the 2G case and inconsistent with investigations carried out by the agency, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department.
Citing the order of Supreme Court directing the three agencies to co-ordinate their investigation and share information among themselves, Raja told media persons that the same was confirmed by the investigating officers of CBI and ED in their testimony before the Special Judge, Patiala House Court in New Delhi. “The agencies have complied with the Supreme Court order and shared information with one another. The three agencies gathered all financial documents, records, details of movable and immovable properties and jewellery belonging to me, my family members and family friends for the period between 2004 and 2010. My residence and those belonging to my family members were also thoroughly searched in 2010 itself”, he said.
Further, Raja claimed that CBI’s investigating officer Vivek Priyadarshi in his testimony to the Special Judge, on November 13, 2013, had confirmed there was no case of disproportionate assets against him. “The details of my assets can be found in my election nomination when I contested in Nilgiris in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It can be found on the website,” he said.
Questioning the need for re-investigation of the issue by another branch of the same investigating agency, which according to him did not even apply its mind to the detailed scrutiny already done, Raja said the Chennai unit of CBI should abide by the Supreme Court order and issue necessary directions to close the FIR.
Asked if there was a political motive behind the recent raids and filing of FIR, Raja said, “I leave it to your conclusion.” When asked about the gold seized in his house, Raja shot back with a smile, “Is there no gold in your house? Is there any law that there should be no gold in Raja’s house?”
Seeing a conflict between officials of CBI in New Delhi and Chennai, the former minister said the documents seized by the CBI during the raid on August 19 at his Delhi residence were a copy of the complaint registered by the ED.
The officials who carried out the recent raids were unaware of what was investigated in the case earlier, Raja said and released a copy of the letter he had sent to the Superintendent of Police, CBI, expressing shock and outrage over the FIR.