Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Why didn't PM set up GoM if he found 2G wrongdoing: Raja

New Delhi: Hours after saying he did not seek to implicate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case, former Telecom minister A Raja renewed his attack on Singh, saying the Prime Minister should have referred the matter to a Group of Ministers (GoM).
Raja told a special court in Delhi that he had sent back the 2G file to Singh and the latter should have called for a GoM if he had found any discrepancies.

Earlier today, Raja also pleaded before court that Chidambaram be made a witness in the 2G spectrum case. The 47-year-old Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker, who has been behind bars for nearly six months, also sought his “forthwith release”, terming his judicial custody as an “illegal detention”.
Raja's counsel Sushil Kumar made the submissions before Special Judge O P Saini while opposing corruption and other penal charges against him for his alleged role in the scam.
Seeking a direction to CBI to make Chidambaram a witness in the case, Raja said the former Finance Minister was privy to the matter relating to dilution of equities by Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless to foreign firms, Etisalat and Telenor, respectively.
“The matters relating to dilution of equities to foreign firms by Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless were known to the Prime Minister and then Finance Minister Chidambaram,” the Times Now channel quoted Raja, as saying.
Raja clarified that his statement yesterday – about Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram being aware of the dilution of shares by telecom firms – did not amount to making any allegation against them.


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