After CBI raids, Opposition demands Raja`s arrest

Opposition parties Wednesday demanded former telecom minister A Raja`s arrest and said the CBI raids have strengthened their demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum case.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 15:21 PM IST

New Delhi: In the wake of CBI searches at
the residences of former telecom minister A Raja and his
associates, Opposition parties Wednesday demanded his arrest and
said the raids have strengthened their demand for a JPC probe
into the 2G spectrum case.

"CBI raids have strengthened the need for a JPC probe
into the 2G spectrum scam and show there was a massive
corruption. There is a need to find out how the system has been
manipulated and how can we improve it in the future," CPM
leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

The Left leader said by carrying out the raids, the
government probably wanted to dilute the demand for a JPC but
it further has strengthened the need for it.

"If new laws are required to stop the manipulations of
the system, then in our country, only Parliament has the right
to do so," he said.

Welcoming the raids, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said
the action should have been taken much earlier as Raja was
given time to "hide" things.

"It is not a question of just a raid. He should be
arrested at the earliest. He should be sent to Tihar Jail and
criminal proceedings should be initiated against him and
should be treated as a class three prisoner," he said.

Demanding the arrest of Raja, AIADMK leader V
Maitreyan said the raids have come a little late "but better
late then never. We hope that these raids are for real and not merely an eyewash into the scam."

Asked to comment on the raids, BJP leader Venkaiah
Naidu said, "It’s too little, too late."

PTI