02 Feb '11, 11am

Indian police arrest ex-telecom minister: reports

Indian police arrest ex-telecom minister: reports

NEW DELHI : Indian police again grilled former telecom minister A Raja on Wednesday amid speculation in the local media that he had been arrested as part of a probe into one of India's biggest corruption cases. Raja was forced out of the government in November as public outrage mounted over the sale of second-generation (2G) telecom licences in 2008 at a knock-down price. The licences were sold on a first-come, first-served basis instead of via an auction and the ministry is suspected of changing the rules to favour certain companies, many of which were ineligible, according to the national auditor. A study by the auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General, found that losses from the cut-price sales could have cost the national treasury up to US$40 billion, though this figure is disputed by the government. "We are questioning Raja. We will continue our interrogation for ...

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