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DMK sees a note of hope

india Updated: Sep 22, 2011 23:41 IST
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DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Thursday saw the row over a finance ministry's note on the 2G scam as vindicating former union telecom minister A Raja, who had said that he had always kept everyone informed.

As other DMK leaders hoped it would hasten the release of their party chief's daughter Kanimozhi from Delhi's Tihar jail on bail, Karunanidhi said the details of the note as mentioned in the media only went to prove what Raja had maintained from day one - that he kept everyone in the loop on 2G spectrum allocations.

In the note, the finance ministry says P Chidambaram could have in 2008, when he was finance minister, prevented spectrum from being given away at throwaway prices by insisting on its auction.

"If Chidambaram is found guilty, it is for him to decide on resigning," Karunanidhi said.

DMK leaders said the finance ministry's note had put the whole issue in proper perspective, and it would strengthen Raja's and Kanimozhi's case as they fight to prove their innocence. Recently, Karunanidhi had sent a missive to a top UPA leader through a special messenger, pointing out that her plea was getting delayed. Karunanidhi got very upset, said DMK sources, after her bail proceedings, which were due to come up last week, got delayed once again.

"The crux of the entire case is that Raja violated all advice by the Prime Minister and finance ministry. The letter (by finance ministry) says that the then finance minister had agreed to the fixed price, non-auction rule. This vindicates Raja's stand," said a senior DMK leader on Thursday.

The DMK stressed that Chidambaram had accepted the fixed price non-auction rule, which the note makes it clear. "So, it is wrong to jail Raja for pursuing a policy of the day, which had led to the government losing some money," the source added.

Another DMK functionary said, "Raja had also been maintaining that he had kept the then finance minister and the prime minister in the loop on the 2G spectrum issue. The note only proves what Raja has been telling from the beginning - that he stuck to policy."