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Feb 14, 2011 at 11:55pm IST

2G conversation adds to Balwa's trouble

New Delhi: The CBI custody of former telecom minister A Raja and DB Realty MD Shahid Balwa extended yet again on Monday in connection with the 2G scam probe.

Meanwhile, CNN-IBN has accessed telephone conversations that expose a link between Shahid Balwa and tainted IAS officer Ravi Inder Singh, accused of leaking confidential information to the DB group.

Following is the telephonic conversation between Ravi Inder Singh and and his aide Vineet Kumar that took place on June 26, 2010 at 19:26 hours.

Vineet: Sir you were supposed to tell me something...tell me on the phone only

Ravi: It's very interesting...but can't tell you over the phone....meet me on Sunday

Vneet: What happened to issue 1?

Ravi: I have checked and confirmed...it will be done in a day or two

The conversation can add to the woes of Balwa, who is now under the scanner of the Delhi Police too. A Delhi Police chargesheet in the Ravi Inder case said that Singh was leaking confidential information related to DB group to his aide Vineet Kumar. In fact in the above intercept, the duo was using code words like issue 1 to refer to Balwa's company DB Realty.

So was Shahid Balwa using middlemen like Vineet Kumar to extract information from Government servants?

Delhi Police chargesheet says that Ravi Inder Singh through his aide Vineet was passing on information about file notings and movement of DB realty.

Balwa's company was under the scanners of IB and the Home Ministry, which were examining if his expansion plans were a threat to national security.

Delhi police is now investigating the exact role of Etsalat DB Telecom and DB Realty and also examining if Ravi Inder Singh received any kick backs to pass on information about the DB Group.

Balwa continued to maintain that he was innocence and argue that he was being targeted with vested interests. But the way first the CBI and now Delhi Police investigations showed that he was in touch with Government officers to further his business interests, looks like it will be difficult for him to fight prevention of corruption charges.