Jaya asks PM to remove Raja from Cabinet and 'rein' in Alagiri
AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove Union Minister A Raja from the Cabinet in view of reports that a CBI probe has been ordered into allegations of irregularities in the allotment of spectrum licences.india Updated: Oct 19, 2009 15:51 IST
AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove Union Minister A Raja from the Cabinet in view of reports that a CBI probe has been ordered into allegations of irregularities in the allotment of spectrum licences.
The IT and Communications Minister was reported to have caused the nation huge losses by adopting a "defective policy for airwave spectrum allotment," she said in a statement in Chennai.
"If media reports are to be believed, Raja's misdemeanours have been referred to the CBI by Central Vigilance Commission for investigation. If a fair probe is to take place, Raja should be removed from Union Minister's post now," she said.
"Only if that is done, Manmohan Singh will not only be doing the right thing but will also be seen as being fair and above board," she said.
Jaya also asked the Prime Minister to "rein in " another DMK Union Minister M K Alagiri whose office reportedly wrote to the Indian envoy to Uzbekistan seeking help for businessmen visiting that country.
"The letter by Alagiri's office violates communication from the Cabinet Secretary which prescribes norms to be followed by officials dealing with foreign visits, that they should not write to any foreign embassies in India or Indian missions abroad," she said.
Prime Minister Singh should "rein in his errant cabinet colleague (Alagiri) immediately," she said.