New Delhi, Dec 21: Moments after a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court acquitted all accused, inlcluding former telecom minister A Raja and DMK M Kanimozhi, in the alleged 2G scam, senior Congress leader and ex-Union telecom minister Kapil Sibal came out hard on former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai for presenting false figures while linking it to 2G spectrum allocation.
“Aaj meri baat siddh ho gayi, koi corruption nahi, koi loss nahi. Agar scam hai to jhooth ka scam hai, vipaksh aur Vinod Rai ke jhooth ka. Vinod Rai ko desh ke saamne maafi maangni chahiye. (I stand vindicated. There is no scam…no loss. Vinod Rai should apologise to the nation),” Kapil Sibal told reporters in New Delhi.
Special Judge OP Saini acquitted all the accused, including then telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi, in both the cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED). | (Explained: What is 2G Scam)
The alleged scam on the issuance of licences and allocation of 2G spectrum by the Department of Telecom occurred during the Congress-led UPA government’s first tenure in 2008 but was widely reported in 2010 following a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). (Also Read: 2G Verdict: Who Said What)
According to November 2010, report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Vinod Rai, the loss was pegged at a whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crore. The CBI in its 80,000 page chargesheet said the loss was of Rs 30,984 crore.