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Difficult to believe a minister can mislead PM: DMK on JPC report

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chennai, April 19, 2013
First Published: 13:33 IST(19/4/2013) | Last Updated: 16:10 IST(19/4/2013)

Former union telecom minister A Raja on Friday slammed JPC draft report that exonerated the prime minister saying that he had done everything in consultation with the Prime Minister.

 
Raja told the press at the airport on his return from Delhi that he was confident of proving his innocence and that he would give a detailed note to the JPC that would contain facts that support his innocence. "I am going to give a detailed note of 100 pages to JPC," Raja said in response to a volley of questions from a battery of press persons at the airport.

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"I hope the JPC will call me after my detailed note," he said. "I did everything in consultation with the PM. I will prove my innocence," Raja added. He also said that principles of natural justice were given a go by but added that he had faith in the legal process and rule of law.

Earlier, his party chief, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi expressed surprise and shock over the draft JPC report on telecom scam that put the blame on A Raja, former telecom minister and DMK's dalit icon.

"How can a minister mislead the Prime Minister," Karunanidhi responded to a question at a brief interaction with the media." It is difficult to believe that a minister has mislead the Prime Minister," the DMK chief said.

When asked if he had any advise to Raja, who was expected to return to Chennai, Karunanidhi said "he was a minister of a department. I do not have anything to tell him that he already does not know."

The DMK reacted officially last night itself with its spokesperson TKS Elangovan dismissing the report as "not right".

The JPC report has no meaning, as it did not call Raja for deposing, Elangovan said and refused to be drawn into any conversation or making a comment if the JPC draft would have been different if DMK was still a part of UPA.

The DMK had pulled out of the UPA after an association of nine years, citing the ambiguous stand of the Congress on the Sri Lankan Tamils.

Ever since the DMK pulled out support of its 18 Lok Sabha members, the UPA government is dependent on outside support given by the two UP parties -- SP and the BSP and is seen in a precarious position if any one of the UP parties were to withdraw support.


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