CAG report stated only presumptive loss: Karunanidhi

DMK chief M Karunanidhi Tuesday wondered whether it was fair to write a final judgement against former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum issue.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 21:59 PM IST

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi Tuesday wondered whether it was fair to write a final judgement
against former telecom minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum
issue only on the basis of presumption that the exchequer had
a loss of Rs 1,76,645 crore.

Hours after the CAG report on the spectrum allocation
was tabled in Parliament, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister came
in defence of Raja and said the report had "only" stated that
it was a presumptive loss.

In a statement, he asked whether it was fair to write
a final judgement on the basis of presumption on the issue.

The CAG report strongly indicted Raja, who resigned on
Sunday, for ignoring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s advice
and favouring some industrial houses in allocating spectrum,
thereby causing a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

On AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa`s remarks that Raja had
been mocking at all the constitutional institutions,
Karunanidhi said the Supreme Court had commented on her in a
case on her income tax that she was making a mockery of the
judicial process.

He said CAG had been pointing out mistakes on several
schemes implemented by the AIADMK government.

The CAG report had castigated Jayalalithaa government
for the potential loss of Rs 1033 crore due to short levy of
taxes in 2003-04, he said.

In the same year, the CAG report had pointed out that
there was no uniform procedure in disposing of land owned by
TANSI (Tamil Nadu Small Industries Corporation). While TANSI
sold land to Jaya Publications, of which Jayalalithaa was a
partner, at Rs 1350 per square metre, the adjacent land was
sold at Rs 2,080 per sq m, Karunanidhi said.

"Did Jayalalithaa resign then," he asked, adding
instead she issued full page advertisements to all newspapers
at a cost of Rs 1.23 crore, stating that the CAG had not
pointed out any serious irregularities.

PTI