Kept PM,Chidambaram,Pranab in the loop always,Raja tells JPC

He pointed out that in 2009,the PM reinstated him as Telecom Minister

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 3:07:34 am

Days after the JPC draft report blamed him for the 2G spectrum allocation scam,former telecom minister A Raja claimed on Monday that he had consulted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Finance Minister P Chidambaram and then External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee before taking every major decision.

“I took no unilateral decisions,” Raja said in a detailed note sent to JPC chairman P C Chacko. “Every major decision of mine was taken after consultation first with the DoT officers and thereafter with the Hon’ble PM,FM (P Chidambaram) and EAM (then Pranab Mukherjee),” he said in the 106-page document.

“All issues,including entry fee,non-auction of spectrum,FCFS (first-come-first-served policy),processing of applications till 25.09.2007 etc,were personally discussed by me with the Hon’ble PM,and the DoT proceeded only thereafter,” underlined Raja.

“Since it has often been alleged that I ‘misled’ the PM… I would first of all point out that this allegation has been made by the CBI,without even recording the statement of the PM. On what basis do they then say that he was misled? I do hope that the JPC will not commit the same blunder: if they wish to draw any conclusions on this issue,it is mandatory to record both my statement and the statement of the PM,” said Raja.

He also pointed out that in 2009,when the UPA was re-elected,the PM reinstated him as Telecom Minister. “Surely,if he felt that I had misled him or offended him in any manner,my re-appointment would not have happened,” he said,adding that he “stands by” every decision he took,and is confident of his name being cleared.

“If the Hon’ble PM says in Parliament that there has been no loss to the exchequer,how can the government stand by and watch silently while the CBI prosecutes me for allegedly causing loss to the exchequer?” he added.

“This attitude of the government can perhaps only be explained as an exercise in blame-shifting or acting on political considerations,” said Raja. “The inter-institutional differences and aberrations… have been responsible for my personal liberty being sacrificed for 15 months… all this could easily have been avoided if the government had backed its minister and presented the case properly before the Supreme Court… I can only hope that if this kind of situation recurs,no other minister is made to suffer my fate.”

Saying he was submitting a written statement “in an attempt to set out the entire sequence of events and roles of various individuals in relation to the grant of UAS licences and allocation of 2G spectrum”,Raja added that “despite my repeated requests,the chairman of the JPC has declined to permit me to depose before the committee.”

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