New Delhi, Dec 21: Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that the court verdict in 2G case has put an end to “propaganda” against the UPA. “We respect the court’s verdict. I’m glad that the court has pronounced that the massive propaganda against UPA was without any foundation,” Singh said soon after the CBI court acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case.
The 2G case had dented the image of Singh, who was attacked by the opposition as a “silent prime minister” who silently let corruption float during the UPA rule. However, Judge OP Saini on Thursday acquitted all accused including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi and even said, “The prosecution has miserably failed to prove any charge against any accused.” (Explained: What is 2G Scam)
Former telecom minister Kapil Sibal, who had rejected the CAG’s theory of loss of crores due to the scam, described the 2G scandal as a scam by former CAG Vinod Rai. “Have been saying all along that this was not a scam. It was a scam by Vinod Rai. We stand vindicated,” Kapil Sibal said. (Also Read Opinion: Will History be Kinder to Dr Manmohan Singh)
The verdict comes six years after the first arrest was made by the CBI in the alleged Rs 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum scam in 2011. The scam relates to the allocation of 2G spectrum licence in 2007-08. According to a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report of 2010, the scam caused a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. The report said that 2G spectrum was given away at throwaway prices and there was no free and fair allocation.