DMK on 2G note: 'Raja has been vindicated'
Against the backdrop of the finance ministry note on 2G spectrum pricing, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, a key United Progressive Alliance ally, on Thursday maintained that the stand taken by jailed former telecom minister A Raja on the issue has been 'vindicated'.
The crux of the entire case is that Raja violated all advices by the prime minister and finance ministry.The letter from the finance ministry says that the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram had agreed to the fixed price, non-auction rule. This vindicates Raja's stand, top DMK sources said.
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Image: Former telecom minister A Raja
'Chidambaram agreed to non-auction rule'
In a document submitted before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the finance ministry had said that the telecom ministry could have gone in for auction of 2G spectrum licenses had the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram insisted on this.
Raja, who quit as minister last year in the wake of Comptroller and Auditor General findings on losses caused to the exchequer over non-auction of spectrum, had told a court that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram had been kept in the loop.
Image: P Chidambaram
Chidambaram, Raja jointly determined price for 2G: Finance Ministry
The March 25, 2011 office memorandum by the finance ministry sent to the prime minister's office also suggested that Chidambaram and Raja had jointly determined the price for the 2G spectrum in 2008.
The document was filed in the apex court by Janata party leader Subramanian Swamy, who has sought probe against Chidambaram for his alleged culpability in the price fixation of the spectrum, contending that the Central Bureau of Investigation was only holding Raja for the loss of revenue to the exchequer in the spectrum allocation.
Image: Finance Minister P Chidambram