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Judeo aide in CBI glare

New Delhi, Dec. 3: The CBI is likely to tomorrow question Natwar Rataria, additional private secretary of Dilip Singh Judeo, in the cash-on-camera scandal.

According to The Sunday Express, which broke the story, Judeo and Rataria were offered bribe by one Rahul, who introduced himself as a representative of an Australian firm, in return for mining rights in Chhattisgarh and Orissa.

CBI sources said Rataria was expected at the bureauís CGO Complex headquarters in south Delhi at 4 pm today, but did not turn up. He has promised to come tomorrow.

It is learnt that he returned to Delhi from Chhattisgarh, where he had fled to avoid media glare.

The CBI had earlier established contact with Rataria on phone. Bureau officials said he had given them the names of two persons who he claimed were in touch with him till the time he and Judeo were captured on camera allegedly accepting a bundle of notes.

The officials said it was important to question Rataria as it would give them a clue on the identity of Rahul ó whose surname the CBI established is Suroagi ó and other persons who were in touch with him before the sting operation took place.

The CBI had yesterday questioned Rohit Chaudhary whose cellphone had been used to make calls to the hotel where the two were filmed accepting cash. It is also alleged that Rahul used Rohitís mobile to get in touch with his associates. Sleuths today questioned the hotel staff, who were initially uncooperative.

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