New Delhi, Jan 4: Five days after being acquitted by a special CBI court in the high-profile 2G spectrum allocation case, former telecom minister A Raja wrote to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asserting that he had done nothing wrong rather acted in national interest.Also Read - Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections: DMK's A Raja Barred From Campaigning For 48 Hours Over Derogatory Remarks Against EPS
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. Also Read - DMK Leader A Raja Apologises as CM Palaniswami Turns Emotional Over 'Offensive' Remark
“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. (Also Read: Waited for seven years; coudn’t find concrete evidence: CBI Judge in 2G case verdict)
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“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.
Manmohan’s Reply to Raja
Replying to Raja, former PM Manmohan Singh expressed satisfaction over the court’s verdict. “I am happy that you stand vindicated in the 2G case. You and your family have suffered greatly in this process but all your friends are greatly relieved that truth has prevailed,” Singh wrote in his letter dated January 2. (2G Scam Verdict: Highlights of Special CBI Court’s Judgement)
The stunning verdict came as an anti-climax in a case that had been repeatedly highlighted by the Bharatiya Janata Party during the 2014 general election campaign as the hallmark of corruption in the then UPA regime.
The BJP turned the arbitrary award of radio frequency to telecom providers into a major political issue and put the UPA-II government on the mat.
Dealing a body blow to the Comptroller and Auditor General’s and the CBI’s estimation of huge loss in grant of 2G licences, judge OP Saini in his 1,552-page verdict in the main CBI case held that some people ‘artfully’ arranged few selected facts and created a scam ‘when there was none’.