New Delhi: Former telecom minister A Raja accused in the 2G scam has said that he took all decisions in the spectrum allocation in consultation with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Responding to the Joint Parliamentary Committee clean chit to Manmohan Singh and then finance minister P Chidambaram, Raja said he will send a detailed report to the JPC.
"I did everything in consultation with the Prime Minister. I have full faith in the judiciary. I will send a detailed report to the JPC. I will prove my innocence," Raja said. He said he will send a 200-page letter to the JPC on Monday.
The JPC on the 2G spectrum scam on Thursday gave a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, saying that the duo was not informed of the change in policy by the then telecom minister A Raja. The JPC report said that the 2G spectrum was allocated on 'first come, first serve' policy and that norms were tweaked to favour a few companies.
The JPC said that the PM and Chidambaram played no role in tweaking the norms and that it was A Raja who changed the rules without informing the PM. The report accused Raja of misleading the Prime Minister.
The JPC also criticised the CAG report on 2G spectrum auction and the Rs 1.76 lakh loss figure it had cited. The JPC said that the figure was "ill conceived". "The government policies cannot be subject to audit," it added.
The JPC also said that the government should take a fresh look at the issue of spectrum pricing.
The report of the JPC, although ready, has not been formally adopted. For that to happen, the government needs the support of 16 out of the 30 members that are part of the JPC. The UPA currently has 12 members. Sources say that the JD(U) with two members, may support the UPA. The SP and BSP too are being canvassed for support, the sources said.
The Opposition has rejected the report calling it a whitewash. "The report is pre-judged, prejudiced, covers up facts. Saving people in the higher echelons blaming everything on one person this report is not acceptable to us," CPI leader D Raja said.