DMK backs Raja as CBI raids his premises

Coming out in support of former Telecom Minister A Raja, whose residences in Delhi and Chennai were raided by CBI today in connection with the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam, DMK said it "stands" by him.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 18:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Coming out in support of former
Telecom Minister A Raja, whose residences in Delhi and Chennai
were raided by CBI today in connection with the multi-crore 2G
spectrum scam, DMK said it "stands" by him.

"He is our party member. He is our party MP. We will stand
by him," DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said.
"Let CBI do its duty. Let them come out with their
findings. We will see," he said.

DMK leader in Parliamentary T R Baalu told PTI that the
party would take the developments in its stride.

"The DMK party and its cadre faced many ups and downs. The
party will take it (the raid on Raja`s residences) in its
stride. Truth will prevail," Baalu said.

Baalu, however, ducked questions whether the development
would have a bearing on the alliance with Congress in
poll-bound Tamil Nadu.

Another party MP Vasanthi Stanley said the development
showed that the Centre has "not tied the hands" of CBI as
being alleged by the opposition.

"The matter is sub-judice. Now you can see that the Centre
has not tied the hands of CBI as these people Opposition) are
telling. The inquiry is going on and now the raid (CBI raid)
is also there," she said.

She said, "It is high time for them (Opposition) to let
Parliament function and not insist on JPC," she said.
To a question whether the party still supports Raja, she
shot back, "Why not? He is with us."

CBI today carried out searches at Raja`s residences in
Delhi and Chennai besides carrying out raids at the premises
of four Telecom officials, including his personal secretary R
K Chandolia.

-PTI