A Raja, in clear now, flays presumptive loss theory in 2G

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New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja reacts as he leaves the Patiala House Courts after he was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case, in New Delhi, Dec 22, 2017. PTI

New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja reacts as he leaves the Patiala House Courts after he was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case, in New Delhi, Dec 22, 2017.
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Former telecom minister A Raja, who was at the centre of the allegations in infamous 2G spectrum case, came down heavily on the then CAG Vinod Rai’s conclusion of multi-crore notional or presumptive loss. On Thursday, he was acquitted of all charges of irregularity by the CBI special court in New Delhi.

The beleaguered DMK leader, whose political career too nosedived post the alleged irregularity case, said the trial court acquitting him of all charges proved that the presumptive loss in allocation of 2G spectrum was “cooked-up”.

“My firm belief in the rightfulness of my actions as well as my faith in our nation’s justice system has been validated today,” he said in a statement.

Raja said the decision to issue 122 telecom spectrum licences to 8 companies in 2008 on first-come-first-serve basis were for the benefit of masses. Bringing competition in the telecom sector had sent mobile call charges to rock-bottom levels. In fact, it brought a “revolution” in the telecom sector, he said in once again defending his position.

He said his decision for allocation of spectrum, or radiowaves that carry mobile voice signals, were in line with the National Telecom Policy and recommendations of the sectoral regulator TRAI.

“I have felt somewhat vindicated all along even prior to this judgement because the beneficial results of my actions are evident to and being enjoyed by the nation’s public (especially the poor),” he said.

Raja also debunked the presumptive loss theories in the allocation. In its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had put the loss to the exchequer at Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

“I brought a revolution in the telecom sector. It is not unknown to the history that a person who did a revolution is often termed as a criminal,” he said blaming what he termed “vested interests” for propagating the presumptive loss theory.

“Vested interests manipulated public perception by leveraging the media and sensationalising fabricated allegations,” he said. “It has been repeatedly proven that the presumptive loss to the exchequer which formed the basis for the conspiracy theorists to run amok, was cooked-up.”

Raja said he had full faith in the judiciary and had cooperated fully with the trial and did not seek even single day adjournment.

“I also had the courage and confidence to step into the witness box and gave evidence and offered myself for cross examination by the CBI, which is very unusual in criminal trials in India,” he said.

He also went on to thank his party leader and DMK cadre for their unflinching support during the “dark period” of his life which include 15 months in jail.

(With inputs from PTI)