Rao’s reaction came after he appeared before a special court in connection with the coal scam case along with Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.
Singh questioned the BJP’s economic recovery claims, saying there are “doubts” about the validity of the new GDP numbers.
The former prime minister also slammed BJP for its “obstructionist” role in blocking the GST bill during UPA rule. “We made every effort to make GST a reality but we were up against an obstructionist BJP,” he said.
Abhishek Verma had claimed in his deposition that Tytler “boasted” of having met former PM Manmohan Singh who in “turn would ask Director of CBI to get the investigation in his favour.”
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Earlier the same day, Singh had strongly criticised Modi, so the meeting later in the day blunted the edge of his assault on the government.
The submission from the CBI comes, after Gupta on Wednesday had argued that Singh, being the then coal minister, had the ultimate power to allocate coal block.
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The court has fixed the case for May 29 when CBI’s prosecutor will rebut the arguments of the accused.
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Singh also questioned BJP government’s claims on economic development, saying rural India was under acute distress and the economic recovery was fragile.
Meanwhile, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the revelations spoke a lot of how the UPA government functioned.
An accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, former TRAI Chairman Pradip Baijal also claimed that the CBI wanted him to “implicate” Arun Shourie and Ratan Tata in the case.
Congress’ Surjewala said that after retirement, he had also served as a director in the firm of controversial Niira Radia, who had only recently given clean chit by the CBI.
“The decision regarding final allocation was taken by the Minister of Coal, who was the then Prime Minister.” Rao’s counsel said.