He is still at the CBI headquarters, where his interrogation continues. Sources say he is being evasive on key matters.
Also arrested - two men who worked closely with Mr Raja - R K Chandolia, who served as his Personal Secretary, and Siddharth Behura, who was Telecom Secretary.(Read: Key Raja aides arrested)
Sources say, the trio will be produced in court tomorrow.
Though the spectrum scam had loomed over his ministry since the sale of 2G frequency to telecom operators in 2008, it was in November 2010 that Mr Raja finally exited the government. What pushed him through the out-door was a report by the government's auditor which concluded that as Telecom Minister, Mr Raja under-valued spectrum and sold it to companies that he favoured even though they were largely ineligible for licenses to run mobile networks.
Mr Raja and the Congress have repeatedly argued in his defense that he followed the procedures introduced by his predecessors in the NDA government. Mr Raja has also said that by selling spectrum cheaply, he delivered high tele-density by making mobile connectivity affordable for the majority of Indians.
The CBI's investigation into the 2G scam is being closely monitored by the Supreme Court on the basis of several petitions, including one filed by former Law Minister Subramanian Swamy. On multiple occasions, the CBI has been accused by the court of mishandling the inquiry.
The 2G scam has also turned into one of India's biggest political battles. The Opposition refused to let Parliament function during the winter session after the government refused to sanction a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC). The BJP has threatened that the Budget session scheduled to start soon will see the same forces at work, unless a JPC is set up.
The government has argued that in addition to the CBI and the Supreme Court, the 2G scam is being studied by parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which is headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Creating a JPC, it says, will only slow down the process of nailing who's to blame for the 2G scam. The Prime Minister has offered to appear before the PAC - Mr Joshi has said the offer will be considered at a later stage.
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