Raja admits error but blames cartel for 2G scam
Former Telecom Minister A Raja today alleged in a Delhi court that a cartel of telecom players were behind his ordeal as they wanted to put spokes on the entry of new telecom companies in the sector.
"Behind this (his ordeal), there is cartel of some operators which does not want new operators to come in existence. My only sin was that I opened the floodgates (for the operators)," Raja's counsel Sushil Kumar submitted before Special CBI Judge O P Saini.
The DMK MP pleaded that after he took over as Telecom Minister in 2007, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended that there would be no cap on the number of applicants for the spectrum licences and I acted in accordance with that.
This opened the flood gates as the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) received 575 applications for the allotment of 2G licences, Raja said adding he placed a cap at 232 applications.
He said he might have made a mistake by putting a cap on the number of applicants, terming it as an "error of judgement" and not a crime.
"Every signature that I (Raja) put on the files was discharge of my official duty," Kumar said adding "does that mean every line I drew in this case is a conspiracy?"
He contended the way this case was going on, the country's economy will suffer a lot.
"No one from the foreign country would come to invest in India due to such a false case. We are ruining the economy of the country," he said.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.