New Delhi, Jan 11: Former Telecom Minister A Raja has come out in open slamming his former boss ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his ‘silence’ in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Raja, who was acquitted of all charges in the high-profile 2G scam on December 21, has described the then Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai as ‘sutradhar’ of the scam.
In his yet to be released book – 2G Saga Unfolds – A Raja has claimed that Manmohan Singh was misinformed by his advisers but chose to remain mum. “Manmohan Singh’s silence was like silencing of our nation’s collective conscience,” Raja claims in his book while adding that telecom lobbies had influenced the Prime Ministers Office (PMO).
Vinod Rai ‘Sutradhar’ of 2G Scam
While calling former CAG ‘sutradhar‘ of the scam, Raja says in his book, which is slated to be released later this month, rubbished Vinod Rai’s Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss theory.
“Rai was the ‘sutradhaar’ who created the devious apparition… His report is mere trash, which is unanimously deemed fit for the dustbin and his statements would not have stood test of cross-examination,” Raja says, adding that a criminal case should be filed against him.
“A cat that shuts its eyes and then declares the universe is dark,” Raja writes referring to Rai. (Also Read: Waited for seven years; coudn’t find concrete evidence: CBI Judge in 2G case verdict)
When Raja Wrote to Manmohan Singh
Five days after being acquitted by a special CBI court in the 2G spectrum allocation case, A Raja wrote to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asserting that he had done nothing wrong rather acted in national interest.
In his letter dated December 26, 2017, Raja took a dig at some of his Cabinet colleagues who he said were not loyal to the PM during the crucial time. Raja, however, didn’t name any of the ministers. (2G Scam Verdict: Highlights of Special CBI Court’s Judgement)
“A few powerful individuals launched a propaganda machine, magnified a thousand times by a complicit and pliable media, were able to mislead even Parliament and the apex judiciary. It cost you the UPA government, and it look seven years of my life, including fifteen months in jail,” Raja said in his letter.
“I also understand the compulsions that prevented you from openly supporting me. Today, I stand vindicated. I hope you will acknowledge that I remained loyal and faithful to you – unlike some senior Cabinet colleagues – and ensured that you did not suffer personal embarrassment in trial proceedings,” Raja added.