Cash transaction might have link to Batchas death

New Delhi: The Central Bureay of Investigation (CBI) on Friday told a Delhi court that the alleged cash transaction between D.B. Realty and Chennai-based Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd which is under probe in the 2G scam “might have link” to the death of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of arrested former Telecom Minister A. Raja.

“The cash transaction (between DB Realty and Greenhouse Promoters), instance of Batcha’s driver reportedly going missing and his (Batcha) suicide, might have link,” the CBI said in the court of Special CBI Judge O.P. Saini while seeking extension of custody of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Director Rajiv Agarwal by three days.

Batcha was Managing Director of Green House Promoters which the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate suspected to be a front for Mr. Raja.

Agarwal was arrested for his alleged role in 2G spectrum allocation scam in transferring Rs. 200 crores to Kalaignar TV Pvt Ltd through the bank accounts of Cineyug Films Pvt Ltd.

The CBI said that Agarwal is also linked with Green House Promoters in which Mr. Raja’s wife is one of the directors and he is required to be quizzed further regarding the cash transaction between DB Realty and Green House Promoters.

The court extended Agarwal’s CBI custody till April 4 saying, “There is a statement on record that Green House Promoters Pvt Ltd, Chennai, were having close relations with DB Realty Pvt Ltd and the witness also mentions accused Rajiv Agarwal.

“The nature of the case is quite serious, the crime is enormous and the investigation is complicated and tedious and in such a situation, I find that the prayer for further custodial interrogation of the accused Agarwal is justified,” the judge said.

38-year-old Batcha was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his home in South Chennai on March 16 and his wife had claimed that he committed suicide as he was “unable to cope with the pressure” of the probe.

The court also sent Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa’s cousin Asif Balwa, who was arrested with Agarwal, to Tihar Jail till April 15 under judicial custody after the CBI said that he was no more required for interrogation.