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The fall guy squeals

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The INR 1,76,000 crore telecom scam continues to sizzle. IE is one of many papers and channels which cry out today’s biggest political news:

A. Raja

Former Telecom Minister A Raja today sought to rope in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Finance Minister P Chidamabaram in the 2G case, telling a court the issue of sale of equity by spectrum licencees was discussed with them.

Defending himself against corruption charges in the 2G scam, the 47-year-old DMK MP also submitted before Special CBI Judge O P Saini there was nothing wrong in his decision of not auctioning 2G spectrum and that he was merely following the policies pursued by his predecessors and the NDA government.

Senior Advocate Sushil Kumar appearing for Raja, now behind bars, said when Home Minister Chidambaram was the Finance Minister he had told the Prime Minister that dilution of shares by the accused licencees to attract FDI did not amount to sale of licence.

Mr. Raja did not mince his words in court. ET reports that he voiced what has been whispered about the Tatas in the last few months:

P. Chidambaram

A Raja, former Telecom Minister and prime accused in 2G spectrum case, on Monday alleged in a Delhi court that CBI spared Tata Teleservices which made Rs 14,000 crore in the scam and dared the agency to touch the company’s top boss.

“Let the prosecution touch the man who has made Rs 14,000 crore in this. They cannot touch him. This is my challenge (to CBI). Picking and choosing (the accused) is not permissible in law,” Raja’s counsel and senior advocate Sushil Kumar contended before Special CBI Judge O P Saini.

The DMK MP said nine telecom companies were issued 2G licences but CBI alleges that he conspired only with two companies -Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless of Sanjay Chandra – leaving out Tata Teleservices and others.

Kapil Sibal

Mr. Sibal, in the meanwhile is busy asking for every criminal act to be forgotten and every wrongdoer to be forgiven. Here is a quote from and interview he gave to the TOI:

Everybody is fearful. Nobody wants to get involved with the CBI. You cannot run an industry under threat of Tihar jail. No economy can flourish.

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