New Delhi: The CBI today carried out searches at the Vodafone office in Mumbai and Airtel office in Gurgaon after registering a case against ex-Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh and the two telecom service providers for suspected irregularities in spectrum allocation during tenure of Pramod Mahajan as Telecom Minister.
Besides Ghosh, the case was registered against the former director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited J R Gupta, the agency said.
Instantly, after registering the case, CBI teams carried out searches at the official premises of Vodafone in Mumbai, Airtel in Gurgaon and residences of Ghosh and Gupta, reports said.
A Bharti Airtel spokesperson said that “We would like to categorically state that all the spectrum allotted to us from time to time has been strictly as per the stated government policy.”
“We are providing all details and correspondence to the authorities and shall provide complete support as needed in the matter,” the spokesperson said. On the other hand, Vodafone said that they would comment on the developments later.
CBI had registered a Preliminary Enquiry to investigate the allocation of the spectrum under Mahajan to convinced companies beyond the prescribed limit.
The agency has already filed a case with regard to assumed conspiracy in the Aircel-Maxis deal during the tenure of the then Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran.