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Tatas paid Rs 25 lakhs to Kanimozhi NGO (Bribe?) days before 2G Telecom Spectrum Allocation

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The Tata Group which is known in India for high standards of corporate governance and doing business ethically in a country steeped in corruption too seems to have fallen.Ratan Tata appeared blemished as tapes of his conversations with the now infamous millionaire corporate lobbyist Nira Radia were published in the media.He was caught at least listening and agreeing the the open manipulation of the Indian ministries in government formation if not the architect.Tata Teleservices which was a major beneficiary of the second round of 2G Telecom Auction during Raja’s tenure has now again appeared in the news for the wrong reasons.Despite denials by the Tata Group honchos,the Tata companies seem to be complicit in the billion dollar scam that has shaken the political and business roots of India.

With CEOs like Balwa,Sanjay Chandra and politicians and bureaucrats already cooling their heels in jail,now its the turn of the big fish like Kanimozhi.Note the Supreme Court has taken the investigation itself as the government has tried to water down the case repeatedly and blatantly.The Income Tax Department has now been reprimanded by the Supreme Court for being tardy in going after powerful politicians and business houses caught red handed in tax evasion and breaking of the law.Most Indian telecom companies like Tata,Reliance Telecom,Uninor and others have been directly or indirectly implicated.

According to a document filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation¬† several telecom companies which had made donations to Kanimozhi’s NGO were rewarded with the spectrum. Unitech paid Rs 50 lakh on January 5, 2008, and Tata Teleservices paid Rs 25 lakh on the same day. On January 7, 2008, Reliance Capital Limited paid Rs 25 lakh, Shaam Telecom Limited paid Rs 10 lakh and ETA Star Property Management paid another Rs 10 lakh to the NGO, the document said.

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Abhishek Shah

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