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Tata to Karunanidhi

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Outlook publishes a letter from Ratan Tata to M. Karunanidhi, delivered by Niira Radia, praising A. Raja. The article starts:

Tata’s letter, dated November 13, 2007, hand-delivered by the lobbyist Niira Radia, came just months after Raja had taken over the portfolio from MK’s grand-nephew, Dayanidhi Maran, who paid the price for the falling out within Tamil Nadu’s ruling family. And it came against the backdrop of reports that the Sun TV group, owned by Maran’s brother Kalanidhi, was arm-twisting the Tatas on its DTH project.

The epistle is remarkable for two other reasons: the direct channel of communication with the DMK top boss (although it was only a partner in the UPA coalition) and the quick certificate Tata was inclined to give Raja who had spent no more than a few months in the hot seat. “On the issue of spectrum also, his stated policies, for most part, have been legally sound, rational and well-reasoned,” writes Tata, less than a month after Raja’s controversial move to grant GSM licenses to CDMA operators like Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications. Tata Tele’s subsequent 27 per cent stake sale to GSM major Docomo, raising over Rs 4,500 crore, raised plenty of eyebrows.

None of this proves a case of corruption yet.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

February 14, 2011 at 4:28 am

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