2G spectrum case verdict: Cong says judgment proves there was no scam, demands prosecution of ex-CAG Vinod Rai
The Congress has also sought an apology by then Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai who estimated a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in 2G spectrum allocationUpdated: Dec 21, 2017 14:29 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Congress on Thursday said the verdict on 2G spectrum case proves there was never any scam, and demanded prosecution of former CAG chief Vinod Rai for “creating such kind of excuses and cover-ups”.
Rai had said that there was a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer in the allocation of the 2G spectrum during the erstwhile UPA regime.
“Allegation of a major scam involving the highest levels of government was never true, was not correct and that has been established today” said Congress leader P Chidambaram, who was finance minister in the United Progressive Alliance government under whose watch the alleged scam took place.
Congress leader and senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the acquittal vindicated then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA’s stand that there was no scam in the allocation of spectrum and licences to telecom companies.
Sibal sought an apology from Vinod Rai who as then Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had in his telecom audit report estimated a massive presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer by allocating 2G spectrum licences at allegedly throwaway prices.
The Congress leader said Rai must also apologise to the nation “as the telecom industry is in dire straits today and thanks to him and the then opposition (BJP)”.
Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said, “A blind man can see. You know the CAG chief is today one of the strong advisors of the government, posted on various boards and organisations and is being rewarded for what he has done. That will remain a black mark in the history of CAG,” Vadakkan said.
“He (Vinod Rai) should be prosecuted by the law of the land for creating such kind of excuses and cover-ups. I think he should be prosecuted,” the Congress spokesperson told a private channel after the special court’s verdict acquitting all the accused in the cases of 2G spectrum allocation scam.
First Published: Dec 21, 2017 11:31 IST