The alleged conversation between 'Raja' and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia on P Chidambaram turned out be a damp squib.
This came after the home minister pointed out that it was not former telecom minister A Raja but K Ramchandran Raja, an employee of Reliance Industries Limited, who made false and defamatory statements about him during conversations with Radia.
Chidambaram issued a statement saying a legal notice has been issued on his behalf to K Ramchandran Raja demanding an unconditional apology. Two hours after this statement both K Ramachandran Raja and RIL have tendered unconditional apology and expressed profound regret.
"In his letter of apology, K Ramachandran Raja has said that he made certain remarks without any basis or justification whatsoever. He has realised that it was wrong on his part to have made such remarks....Reliance Industries Limited, in their letter, has said that they have severely reprimanded KR Raja for his irresponsible and baseless statement," said a statement issued in continuation of Chidambaram's earlier statement.
BJP was targeting Chidambaram after the alleged conversation between 'Raja and Radia' came in public domain. This conversation is allegedly part of the Radia's conversation taped by the income tax department and later on handed over to the CBI for the 2G scam probe.