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Nothing short of JPC will do: Jayalalithaa

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Jayalalithaa: "A. Raja’s arrest showed that those backing him have now accepted his guilt". File photo

All India Dravida Munnetrak Kazhgam (AIADMK) leader Jayalalithaa on Thursday said nothing short of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam was acceptable to her party and claimed that former Telecom Minister A. Raja’s arrest showed that those backing him have now “accepted his guilt“.

“These parties had initially said Raja was not guilty.

But they have now accepted his guilt, following his arrest,” she told reporters here.

Mr. Raja, who had allegedly manipulated procedures in allocation of 2G spectrum was arrested on Wednesday along with two officials by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Ms. Jayalalithaa was speaking after paying floral tributes to C.N.Annadurai, the DMK founder at his memorial on his 41st death anniversary.

"Arrest artificial"

Terming as “artificial and well-planned” the arrest of former Telecom Minister A Raja in 2G scam, Ms.Jayalalithaa said it was meant to “hoodwink” the public and tell the Supreme Court that some action had been taken on the matter.

“The whole thing looks artificial and well planned. They should have done this long back,” Jayalalithaa told reporters, she said added that nothing short of a JPC to probe into the scam was acceptable to her.

The AIADMK leader said the Centre had adopted “contradictory stands” on the issue. Initially it said Mr. Raja was not guilty but now it had arrested him and “in the process it not only became a laughing stock, but also made the public a laughing stock,” she added

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