All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms J Jayalalithaa has accused the state chief minister M Karunanidhi for protecting union Telecoms Minister A Raja in the one lakh crore 2G spectrum scam for extraneous reasons.
Stepping up her offensive against Union Telecom Minister A Raja for his alleged involvement in the spectrum scandal, Ms J Jayalalithaa on Monday in a hard hitting statement said his clinging to his seat even after Supreme Court questioned his continuance ''shows that he is a person completely devoid of morals.''
AIADMK leader said the recent observations by the Supreme Court Bench questioning Raja's continuance as the Union Minister of Telecommunications were damning to say the least.
''That Raja continues to cling to his seat even after this clearly shows that he is a person completely devoid of morals. He has come out as a person without probity in public life, who has no right to be holding a position of responsibility wielding power,'' she said.
Ms Jayalalithaa said Mr Raja should have resigned when Chief Justice A P Shah rejected the DoT’s appeal in December 2009 and ratified the single judge’s verdict, declaring the spectrum allocation as illegal and berated the Department of Telecommunications for misquoting the Prime Minister in Court. Instead, he got DoT to file an appeal in the Supreme Court. And before the apex court could pass orders in the case, he manipulated STel to withdraw its case, Ms Jayalalithaa charged.
She claimed that Mr Raja should have also resigned when in May 2009, in his preliminary report following inquiries into 2G Spectrum allocation, the Central Vigilance Commissioner recorded that blatant illegalities had been committed in the 2G Spectrum allocation.
He should have also resigned when national and regional TV news channels telecast recordings of his conversations with a corporate wheeler-dealer, Nira Radia, which exposed his links with corporate houses and how he used these connections to ensure his continuance as telecom minister in the union cabinet.
Ms Jayalalithaa said Mr Raja should have resigned when the Comptroller and Auditor General of India found his approval and signatures in almost all key decisions relating to the 2G Spectrum licence allotment that resulted in nine telecom companies being allotted spectrum without transparent procedures.
Buck stops at the door step
Ms Jayalalithaa charged ''but Raja has not resigned. In fact, he has mocked at the system by asking where is the necessity to quit?. The Prime Minister and the Congress top brass have repeatedly indicated that the compulsions of coalition dharma prevented them from taking action in Raja’s case.'' So, ultimately, the buck stops at the door step of DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, she alleged.
Despite the overwhelming evidence of the Union Minister's complicity in the spectrum scam that has caused great loss to the nation to the extent of Rs 1,90,000 crore and being indicted by practically every constitutional forum from the CVG to the Supreme Court, Mr Karunanidhi has not deigned to recall Raja, she said.
Karunanidhi's in action
She alleged that Mr Karunanidhi, obviously, had very compelling reasons for his inaction. ''But what the nation, his allies and the media should realise is that his stand in the Raja affair only exemplifies the scorn he has for democracy.'' For Mr Karunanidhi ''his family and his money are the only things that are of concern to him. The country, the state of Tamil Nadu, the people, the Constitution and all Constitutional institutions be damned! It is a national shame, nothing less!'', the AIADMK leader alleged, in her strong criticism of Raja.
- Asian Tribune -