Deepak Talwar, another lobbyist of the Telecom world

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 29 November 2010, 09:18 Hrs
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New Delhi: Nira Radia who had grabbed the spot light for sometime now is given a moment of relief with eyes turning towards Deepak Talwar, another suspected lobbyist in the Telecom world. Ravi Inder Singh, who is suspected to have leaked sensitive information to corporate houses, have zeroed in on another lobbyist,Deepak Talwar.

Talwar was instrumental in getting all the clearances for telecom company Telecordia from various agencies and departments despite objections on the grounds of security, investigations revealed. The agencies are probing the lobbyist's role not only in the Telecordia case but also in a number of other cases in the aviation and other sectors.

Highly-placed sources say that Singh, a West Bengal cadre IAS officer posted as director in the Union home ministry, gave clearance to the telecom company despite objections from intelligence agencies such as IB and RAW as it had operations in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, an officer with the home ministry has maintained that guidelines were fudged to help Telecordia. The guidelines say that a company can provide no equipment and services to India or to any Indian associate company if it was providing or having any connection with Pakistan.

The lobbyist allegedly won over the IAS officer through Vinit Kumar, a Kolkata businessman. It is alleged that Talwar provided whatever was sought by Vinit Kumar at the behest of Singh, who is now suspended. Vinit Kumar, CMD of Temptation Foods Pvt Ltd, is in police custody till November 30.

MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions, a joint venture between Telecordia and India's Deepak Talwar Consultants Pvt Ltd (74-26 percent share value) - is one of only two companies that have been licenced to implement MNP.

The CEO and CFO shall be Indians, the home ministry had mandated.

During the course of the probe, the Delhi police found a bank account in the name of Singh's wife with 15 lakh balance. Also, two more bank accounts in Singh’s name, with Rs 42 lakh and Rs 27 lakh balance, have been found. Money flow to these bank accounts started from March this year, two months after Ravi Inder joined as director (internal security) in home ministry.

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