2G: Raja-Radia talk exposes Chidambaram? Truth revealed

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Jun 16: One of the biggest scams in the country - 2G spectrum drama has been fueled up with another revelation which brought home minister P Chidambaram on the dock. Media reports claimed that a taped conversation between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Raja allegedly disclosed that Chidambaram was one of the beneficiaries in the second generation telecom scam.

With the name of Raja, people started speculating that it was former telecom minister A Raja, who is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail as one of the main accused in 2G scam. However, truth was something different as investigation claimed that it was not A Raja but an employee of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) - K R Raja.

Facing the heat of the media reports, Chidambaram hurriedly called a press conference on Wednesday, Jun 15 when he claimed, "I have made some enquiries. I have learned that the 'Raja' who figures in the conversation is one K Ramachandran Raja, an employee of Reliance Industries Ltd. The statements attributed to the said Shri K Ramachandran Raja are totally false and per se defamatory. The conversation between him and Niira Radia is reckless and malicious gossip. A legal notice has been issued on my behalf to the said K Ramachandran Raja demanding an unconditional apology."

Meanwhile, RIL has responded to Chidambaram's legal notice where the company apologised to the home minister. The RIL employee, Raja also wrote an apology letter to Chidambaram saying, "...in the heat of the moment without realising the implications and without any expectation of the remarks being recorded or coming in public domain."

However, the main opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not failed to take full advantage of the moment when the party demanded resignation from the home minister over the reports of the taped conversation.

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