'Goenka has nothing to do with 2G'

 A prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case told a Delhi court on Friday that Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Balwa, an accused in the case, was pursuing the licence and spectrum issue of the firm and co-accused Vinod Goenka had nothing to do with it.

Testifying as a witness, Vinod Kumar Budhiraja, Chief Regulatory Officer of Etisalat DB Telecom (P) Ltd, said Shahid Balwa was authorised in 2007 by the Board of Swan Telecom to deal with the authorities in connection with the Unified Access Services (UAS) Licences.

"It is correct that it was Shahid Balwa who was acting on behalf of the company in connection with application for UAS licences, pursuing the same and obtaining licence and spectrum and matter connected thereto. Vinod Goenka had nothing to do with this telecom business," he told Special CBI Judge O P Saini. Both Shahid Balwa and DB Realty Managing Director Vinod Goenka are facing trial for their alleged roles in the 2G scam.

Budhiraja said Goenka looks after only realty business and Goenka and Balwa had never asked him to fix their meeting with former Telecom Minister A Raja, a key accused in the case.

"It is correct that Vinod Goenka looks after only realty business and does not look after the telecom business. It is correct that a meeting of Goenka and Balwa in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology was to be fixed only through me but it was never fixed.

".... To the best of my knowledge, they (Goenka and Balwa) have never gone to the Ministry.... Goenka and Balwa never asked me to fix a meeting with A Raja," he said, adding, "as far as I remember, they never visited A Raja".

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