Raja's flip-flop: Didn't seek to implicate PM, Chidambaram
In a U-turn, former telecom minister A Raja today told a Delhi court that he did not seek to implicate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then finance minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.delhi Updated: Jul 26, 2011 12:20 IST
In a U-turn, former telecom minister A Raja on Tuesday told a Delhi court that he did not seek to implicate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then finance minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.
"I did not seek to implicate the Prime Minister and the then finance minister in 2G case," senior advocate Sushil Kumar, counsel for Raja, told special CBI judge OP Saini.
The DMK leader squarely blamed the media for his alleged accusations against the Prime Minister and the then finance minister, saying "they (media) cannot put words in my mouth. Ask them to report truthfully or go out of the court room."
Initiating the arguments on framing of charges, the counsel for Raja had on Monday claimed that the issue of sale of equity by spectrum licencee telecom firms was discussed with the Prime Minister and the then finance minister.
Raja also tried to shift the blame on the media for his ordeal saying there is nothing in this case but everything has been done only due to media hype and external pressure.
"There is no certification of any loss. Except for media hype, there is nothing in the case," he said.
Raja said that it is only the accountant of CBI who is saying that the exchequer has suffered huge loss.
The CAG, in its report, has computed a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer in the allocation of 2G spectrum.
He also pointed to the fact that Parliament was not allowed to function on the demand for Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe and said due to this a huge loss of public money was caused.
"Parliament was not allowed to function on the demand for JPC. That also caused a loss of public money, who will pay for this?....Now seven agencies - JPC, Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), CBI, Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax department and the Supreme Court - are probing this case," he said.
Raja's counsel contended his client had followed only the policy of the government and he is now fighting for his honour and pride.
"He (Raja) has done so much social good but like every Christ, he (Raja) would be stoned to death," he said.
First Published: Jul 26, 2011 10:38 IST