Congress, Govt spar over 2G case verdict

RSTV Bureau

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As the infamous 2G spectrum allocation case fell flat after CBI special court on Thursday acquitted all the accused including former Telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi, the opposition, especially Congress party, raised the issue inside and outside the Parliament.

Responding to Congress charges, Finance minister Arun Jaitley referred to the 2012 Supreme Court judgement where it had cancelled all the specutrum licences.

Raising the issue in Parliament, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad sought an explanation from the government calling it a “false propaganda” raised by the ruling party when it was in opposition.

But the Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said he was not allowing Azad’s submission as he had not given any notice, as he asked members to return to their seats. He also said “nothing will go on record”.

As Congress MPs persisted in their protest, the house was adjourned till 2:00 PM.

Reacting to CBI court order acquitting all the accused, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had faced heat on the issue, welcomed the verdict.

“I am glad that the court has pronounced unambiguously. All the massive propaganda which was being done against the UPA was without any foundation. The judgement speaks for itself,” he said speaking to the reporters inside Parliament House complex lobby.

Responding to the charged-up Congress party and its attack over the ruling party, Arun Jaitley said “Congress is treating 2G verdict as badge of honour, but its zero loss theory was proven wrong when SC quashed spectrum allocation”.

Former union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, meanwhile, demanded an “apology” from former CAG Vinod Rai claiming his stand on loss from 2G spectrum allocation stands vindicated.

“I have been saying from day one that there was no loss and I have been vindicated today. In fact it is Vinod Rai who must apologise to the nation,” Sibal said.

Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Rai had calculated that 2G spectrum allocation in 2008 — under the UPA regime when Raja was the telecom minister – led to notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.

(Developing story)