Raja's arrest questions government's integrity

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New Delhi, Feb 2: Former Telecom Minister A Raja has been arrested by the nation's top most investigating agency CBI on Wednesday, Feb 2. Now the arrest of Raja leads to questions on the PM's integrity. The former Telecom Minister's arrest in the scam case will be an embarrassment for the government. Multiple agency probe in the 2G spectrum scam, reached the door steps of many top executives, political leaders, industrialist, and journalists in connection with scam case and finally detained Raja after grilling him for the fourth time.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report was tabled on the parliament on Nov 2010, since then the Congress-led UPA government and a major ally DMK, drew flak from Opposition, people and other institution of the country. People ridiculed PM Manmohan Singh's silence and his inaction over the 2G issue.

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Raja's arrest is likely to escalate the spectrum embarrassment in Tamil Nadu for the DMK party, while the state polls round the corner. The DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu chief Minister M Karunanidhi, earlier, in his customary letter to his party's official daily Murasoli said, “What people have seen, heard are not true. Only the investigation can reveal the truth."

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Karunanidhi continued to defend Raja in the spectrum issue and argued Raja's hands are clean. Later, the CBI raids at Raja's residence and office created a major embarrassment to the party. Already Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu are holding the rallies over the spectrum and trying to cash in on the issue as much as possible. At present Raja's arrest will allow the Opposition to trash the public image of the party to the maximum and will intensify the election mood.

Few days back the new Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had ridiculed the CAG Auditors report and said, "(it) had no basis and was utterly erroneous."

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According to the CAG report the irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum, during the tenure of Raja had caused a loss of 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer, a scam that can be termed as a biggest scam ever before.

Later, the Supreme Court (SC) reprimanded Sibal for his statement over the CAG report and asked him to behave with some sense of responsibility.

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The spectrum issue paralysed the Parliament proceedings for the whole winter session. The Opposition demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G scam but the government stood strong in its stance and denied the constitution of JPC. The friction between the ruling and Opposition rendered the winter session futile.

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