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Prasad on Reliance payroll, claims AAP

AAP alleged that former Union minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari had similar interest with  Reliance Industries limited.

“Prasad is in receipt retainership fees from a company of Reliance group (Fine Tech Corporation Private Limited). The invoices raised by him on the company of Reliance group from April 2013 to March 2014, total amount billed was Rs 84 lakh. Payment is in the form of retainership fee.

It appears to be a token of gratification being offered,” said senior lawyer and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan at press briefing. “Prasad also held the law ministry from May 26 this year till November 10 along with telecom,” said Bhushan.“Fine Tech Corporation Private Limited is a company of the Reliance group with its corporate office at Navi Mumbai,” said Bhushan.

Reliance is a major telecom player and many questions have been raised on the group’s improprieties in the 4G matter. “The department of telecom has strongly refuted the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG’s) observation that Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and the Nahata family-owned Infotel Broadband Services Pvt. Ltd, a company that was subsequently acquired by RIL, were given undue favours, resulting in a loss of more than Rs 20,000 crore to the exchequer. Is the current minister of telecom not sitting over a notice for the last three months that needs to be issued to Reliance Jio with respect to the 4G case?” asked Bhushan.

Bhushan also targeted the former Union minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari. He was also in a retainership agreement with the RIL even during his tenure as a Union minister. “When his retainership contract expired on June 30, 2012, Tewari wrote a letter to Parimal Nathwani (Rajya Sabha member and senior functionary in Reliance) to get his contract extended till June 30, 2015. The contract was extended till June 30, 2014,” said Bhushan.

“Such former ministers and MPs have been/are in various committees which are of interest to these companies (Reliance group),” said Bhushan.
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