A Delhi court acquitted former Telecom Minister A Raja who has been accused of masterminding the 2G spectrum scam, believed to be India’s biggest ever scam, which came to light six years ago. Mr Raja is accused of allocating airwaves and licenses for cellphone networks in exchange for kickbacks and causing the state a loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore.
A Raja who was from Tamil Nadu-based regional party – DMK, has, however, been denying allegations of corruption and said the decisions were taken after apprising then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and were based on inputs from DoT, other Cabinet Ministers and the then Solicitor General. Several other politicians and executives of some of the top telecom companies, are named in the case. M Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi — also an accused in the case, was acquitted along with Mr Raja and 15 others.