A Raja says he will face CBI, denies he was in hiding
Former union telecom minister A Raja, summoned by the CBI for questioning in connection with 2G scam probe, declared that he will face the probe and not seek anticipatory bail.HT reports.india Updated: Dec 20, 2010 15:04 IST
Former union telecommunications minister, summoned by the CBI for questioning in connection with 2G Spectrum scam probe, on Monday went to Apollo Hospital in Chennai for a medical check up a little while ago and is back at the state guest house opposite the Chepauk cricket stadium.
Denying firmly that he was in hiding or evading, Raja declared that he will face the probe and not seek anticipatory bail. “The CBI wants to question me, it is not unusual. It is a matter of procedural matter”, he said and added that he had replied to the CBI letter asking him to be present at the CBI headquarters. “I have told the CBI that I am in Chennai and will be present at the next date.”
"I am a lawyer and I will abide by the law. Getting summons is a usual process. CBI is the prime investigating agency and it knows what kind of cooperation I have been extending. I will continue to do so," he told waiting press persons at the state government guest house after his return from Apollo hospital.
He asked the press to desist from sensationalising developments and said he would cooperate the with the investigating agencies as he had been since the beginning.
When asked to comment on prime minister's statement on corruption, Raja said he was not the competent authority to make comments on the prime minister. Raja also chose to deny to provide any information on his meetings with DMK patriarch and state chief minister M Karunanidhi.
"These things I cannot say. It is a meeting between the leader and his cadres," he said.
Earlier in the morning, the former minister was seen going in a vehicle to an undisclosed location. Later it transpired that he visited the Apollo hospitals for a medical check up amidst speculations that he might seek anticipatory bail. However, Raja denied that he would seek anticipatory bail. "I am not an accused and I am not in hiding and will not seek anticipatory bail."
Meanwhile, DMK patriarch and chief minister M Karunanidhi, meeting party cadres from district party leaders, defended Raja and said that getting summons was a routine matter. He told press persons that Raja will answer all questions posed by the investigating agency. Action will be taken against Raja only if he is proven guilty, the chief minister said.
Raja's defence of self came even as the opposition AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa demanded his immediate arrest in brief interaction with the press at her party headquarters.