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Nasty developments from the 2G case

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Sadiq Batcha
IE gives background information on the late Sadiq Batcha:

The CBI’s raid on the Chennai home of A M Sadhick Batcha on December 8 last year lasted nine-and-a-half hours from 8 am to 5.30 pm — among the longest raids carried out in connection with the 2G scam so far. The raid on the Perambalur home of the arrested former telecom minister A Raja on the same day, by contrast, lasted only for a little over three hours.

Batcha, a close aide of Raja’s, was a key link in the complex web of illegal transactions now under probe, and was thought to have facilitated the investment and transfer of the bribe money. Despite several raids and arrests, the CBI has so far not been able to decisively establish the money trail in the scam, and had been seeking Batcha’s help to understand the operation.

The Hindu reports:

Sadiq Batcha, aide of former Telecom Minister A. Raja, committed suicide by hanging at his residence here on Wednesday, police said. He left behind a suicide note, which said the media’s coverage of the 2G spectrum allocation scam had maligned his image in society, the police claimed.

The death evoked statements expressing suspicion over its probable cause from political parties, and the Tamil Nadu government announced that the case would be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Batcha (38), Managing Director of city-based export firm Green House Promoters, was under the CBI scanner for his suspected links with those involved in the 2G case and was questioned by the agency on February 22 in Delhi. Earlier, his residence here was searched.

At 12.45 p.m., Mr. Batcha was found hanging by a rope normally used for the cradle of his younger child in the bedroom of his residence in Teynampet, police sources said.

His family members rushed him to Apollo Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The body was taken to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem, which is scheduled for Thursday morning.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

March 17, 2011 at 2:35 am

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