Exposing the lie: PM knew everything about 2G, says Raja

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New Delhi, April 19: Exposing the attempts of the Congress and the government to bail out the prime minister and the finance minister, former telecom minister A Raja said today that he took all decisions on 2G spectrum allocation in consultation with the prime minister.

The draft report of Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G spectrum blamed him but cleared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram of any wrongdoing.

As a counter to such arguments and certificates, Raja said that he will give a detailed note of around 100 pages to the JPC.

"I hope the JPC will call me after seeing my detailed note. I did everything in consultation with the Prime Minister. I will prove my innocence," he told the reporters at the Chennai.

Raja had earlier sought permission of Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to depose before the JPC but was allowed only to submit his views in writing.

Even DMK chief M Karunanidhi asked how can a minister (referring to A Raja) mislead the Prime Minister?
"How can we trust this (report)?" Karunanidhi had said on Thursday reacting to the JPC draft report.

The report, which was circulated among members on Thursday before its adoption on April 25, also accuses Raja of forging the press note of January 7, 2008 after it was seen by the then solicitor general GE Vahanvati.

While the opposition criticised the draft report of the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) as prejudicial, Congress MP and panel chief P C Chacko said it was unbiased and based on facts.

"After hard work of one-and-a-half years, I have made a draft report. It is not a biased report and is based on facts and on written documents. I hope it is acceptable to all the members of the JPC," Chacko told reporters.

On Raja's contention, Chacko said "he was allowed to submit a note and that was circulated to the members. It has been put on record. I don't know why again anybody makes it a charge as Raja was heard by the committee if not in person but through his written views."

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