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2G case: Ex-PM, cabinet were confused, says A Raja

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 02, 2014
First Published: 02:00 IST(2/7/2014) | Last Updated: 02:03 IST(2/7/2014)

Former telecom minister A Raja on Tuesday told a Delhi court that former PM Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet members were "completely under confusion" created by "vested interests" about policy and procedure of Department of Telecommunication (DoT) in allocating the 2G spectrum.

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Deposing as a witness in the ongoing trial in 2G spectrum allocation case, Raja told special CBI Judge OP Saini that he had held many discussions with Singh and had explained to him the policy and legal framework governing issuance of licences and allotment of spectrum.

He also said that he had told the then PM that there was a "cartel force" wanting to stop legitimate efforts of the DoT to boost tele density and reduce tariff in the country by way of injecting competition.

Raja also said he had "further felt that the PM/PMO was completely misguided by the vested interests, who had taken the same stand before TDSAT for same issues." 


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