It is doubtful whether the Central Bureau of Investigation would have arrested former Telecommunications Minister, A. Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddartha Behura and Mr. Raja's Personal Secretary R.K. Chandolia but for the fact that the Supreme Court is monitoring the investigation into the 2G spectrum scam.
The CBI should make efforts to get to the bottom of the issue and recover the losses incurred by the 2G sale. Only then will the aam aadmi feel that justice has been done.
Had action against Mr. Raja been taken earlier, the Prime Minister's image would not have been tarnished. Only after the Opposition raised the issue was Mr. Raja asked to quit.
Telecommunications Minister Kapil Sibal said some time ago that no revenue loss was incurred in the allocation of 2G spectrum. What does he have to say now? The CBI deserves praise for initiating action against Mr. Raja. Better late than never.
Mr. Raja's arrest proves that the CAG report on 2G spectrum was right. While the law takes its course, the UPA government should not be seen as hiding something in the matter.
It should agree to a JPC probe and pave the way for the smooth functioning of the budget session of Parliament.
While the UPA government can at last heave a sigh of relief, the CBI has miles to go before it sleeps. Mr. Raja's arrest also raises important questions on Mr. Sibal's attempt to justify the 2G deal.
Mr. Raja is just a pawn, who has been made a sacrificial goat in the 2G spectrum issue. The constitution of a JPC is now inevitable. That Mr. Sibal has got away with the preposterous claim that there was no revenue loss in the 2G sale is amazing.
Col. C.V. Venugopalan (retd.),