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2G case: DMK to back Raja’s request

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Former Telecom Minister A Raja. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
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Former Telecom Minister A Raja. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will back former Telecom Minister A Raja if the issue of his request to appear before the Joint Parliamentary Committee as a witness on the 2G case is raised at the UPA Coordination Committee meeting here on Tuesday.

“If the Congress raises the issue..., asks us, we have to stand by Raja,” party spokesman T K Elangovan, MP, said when asked whether the issue could be raised by the DMK, a key constituent of the UPA, at the Coordination Committee meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Besides, Mr. Elangovan said Mr. Raja’s request to appear before the JPC was a “new development” and “our leader may advise us” about future course of action.

The DMK spokesman said his party would raise the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils and farmers’ suicides in Tamil Nadu at the UPA Coordination Committee meeting.

A DMK member of Lok Sabha, Mr. Raja is a prime accused in the 2G spectrum case who had been in Tihar jail for several months before being granted bail.

He had met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar some days back and handed her a letter expressing his willingness to appear as a witness before the JPC.

Mr. Raja has contended that while he has the “fullest respect” for the court, “the fact remains that I have been condemned unheard.” He has sent a copy of the letter to Congress leader P C Chacko, who heads the JPC.

Mr. Raja’s request to the Speaker comes days after Attorney General G E Vahanvati blamed him for various issues before the JPC.

“The truth of the matter is being suppressed on the basis of preconceived notions, deliberate bias, faulty investigation and erroneous conclusions.

”...perhaps the most telling example of this situation is the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 02.02.2012, where specific and prejudicial observations were made against me without giving me a hearing,” Mr. Raja wrote in the letter.

Mr. Chacko is likely to get back to Mr. Raja with a final decision soon on the issue after consulting other committee members, JPC sources said.

Reports had it that Mr. Raja’s desire to testify before the JPC could be extremely damaging for the ruling UPA, as it fuels a controversy which the government is now trying to give a quiet burial after over two years of turbulent parliamentary, judicial and media scrutiny since November 2010.

Mr. Chacko is likely to get back to Mr. Raja with a final decision soon on the issue after consulting other committee members, the sources said.

Mr. Raja’s request has come when the three-month-long budget session has just commenced.

Congress has steered clear of the issue while an AIADMK has leader said it was a fight between DMK and Congress and his party would not get into it.

With Parliament reconvening on Tuesday and the JPC scheduled to meet soon after, Mr. Raja’s demand could become a major rallying point for the BJP and Left parties.

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AS a layman the results were announced in 2008 by a village cow-boy and an employee of telephones that the looted money worth 50000 crores could not be recovered so all so punishment to one .THAT IS BHARAT.

from:  kandan
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 08:49 IST

In the past also just on the eve of crucial assembly elections to 5 states including Tamil Nadu, A.Raja has dragged the name of Prime Minister and Mr. Chidhambaram in 2G issue and in the election both DMK and congress party suffered a drubbing defeat. Likewise, at a time when the Nation beseech immediate freezing of bank accounts and attachment of movable and immovable properties of Andipatti Raja and his cronies by the Enforcement Directorate like they did in the case of Jagan Mohan Reddy, Madhu Koda and Hasan Ali Khan, the present request from Andipati Raja, a charge sheeted person and the main kingpin of 2G scam for a deposition before JPC that too on the eve of presentation of Union Budget looks mysterious and is definitely aimed at political mud-sliding. Naturally, UPA will have every reason to feel nervous as its morale is at its lowest due to a plethora of deficit in governance. It is a lesson for all the mainstream political parties on the consequences of being indecisive in the name of coalition dharma and compulsion of coalition politics with the sole objective of remaining in power.

from:  ettirankandath krishnadas
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 06:38 IST

In every body's common sense the verdict of SC on Chidambaram
regarding 2G scam was severely flawed. It is surprising to hear from
SC that a man who is to protect the treasury of the nation is not a
part of the scam. SC is gradually losing a lot of credibility which it
earlier had. e.g. Katju-he is more of a politician than a judge.

from:  Bakumbai
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 06:35 IST

I bet that the JPC which is headed by a Congress Party man,will wrap up the proceedings denying all persons opposed to the Party or likely to testify against the PM and his colleagues including the Prez and toss Raja to the wolves.Any takers?
Poor Raja will not have his day in Parliament.He may as well own up
to all crimes relating to 2G and start writing his book in Jail which could be titled "Revelations of a Minister".

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013 at 04:51 IST
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