2G Scam | 27 July 2011

2G Scam | 27 July 2011

The Times of India

A Raja trains guns on attorney general Vahanvati

New Delhi: A day after he named Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram, jailed former telecom minister A Raja on Tuesday trained his guns on attorney general G E Vahanvati, saying the top law officer, after supporting the Department of Telecom on spectrum allocation, reversed his position under pressure. (read story)

The Indian Express

Raja throws more muck at Manmohan

New Delhi: A few hours after he blamed the media on Tuesday for misinterpreting his comments that the Prime Minister and the former finance minister were in the know of the scandal-ridden spectrum allocation, A Raja did a volte-face: In a submission to the CBI court, the jailed former telecom minister said the PM could have set up a group of ministers (GoM) to study spectrum allocation issues, and since he did not, he could be held guilty of conspiracy and dereliction of duty. (read story)

Expressbuzz.com

If I’m guilty, so is PM: Raja

New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja continued to defend his actions in the 2G scam, alleging that he sought the opinion of the three highest government authorities, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and then Solicitor General Goolam E Vahanavati before awarding licences to private companies. (read story)

The Hindu

Manmohan saw no need for GoM, says Raja

New Delhi: The former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, told the special CBI court here on Tuesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exercised his “judgment" in deciding that a Group of Ministers was not required to finalise the disposal of 575 fresh applications for Unified Access Service licences as he saw no conflict between the Law and Telecom Ministries. (read story)

Hindustan Times

Raja puts Vahanvati in a spot

New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja on Tuesday put attorney general GE Vahanvati in a spot, saying he only followed his advice as the then Solicitor General (SG) in the allocation of 2G spectrum licences.(read story)

India Today

CAG says many indices used to calculate loss

New Delhi: The office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is not surprised at former telecom minister A. Raja’s argument in court that the top government auditor’s computation on the 2G loss was not even relied upon by the CBI. A source in the CAG, who was associated with the auditing the 2G spectrum issue, said there was no difference between what new telecom minister Kapil Sibal had earlier said and what Raja told the court about the CAG report on Tuesday. (read story)

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