Raja rules out resignation over 2G spectrum issue

Friday, November 12, 2010

NEW DELHI - Information Technology and Communication Minister A. Raja on Friday ruled out his resignation over the 2G spectrum issue, saying he will prove that everything that he has done has been according to the law.

“The question does not arise at all. We will prove that everything has been done according to the law,” Raja told reporters here.

He maintained that he will not comment on the spectrum allocation issue as it is “sub-judice” and said the affidavit submitted by the Telecom Department before the Supreme Court yesterday “says it all”.

“The entire matter is sub-judice. It may not be fair on my part to comment on this…,” he added.

Reacting to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa’s open offer for support to the UPA Government if it removed Raja from the Cabinet,, Raja said, “She is trying to save her own skin as she is facing corruption charges herself.”

“She has no moral right to offer support to the UPA Government,” he added.

On Wednesday, Jayalalithaa had said that if the Congress sacks Raja, she is ready to offer her support to the UPA coalition.

Raja, according to the AIADMK chief, has committed the mother of all scams, and therefore, he needs to be dismissed.

The 2G (second generation) spectrum allocations caused an alleged loss of Rs1.76 lakh crore to the government, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has stated in a damning report.

The report further states that Raja had no apparent logical or valid reasons to ignore the advice of the Law and Finance Ministries while allocating telecom spectrum to several firms in 2007-08.

The report is likely to be tabled in Parliament within ten days. (ANI)

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