Finally, A Raja reaches home to a hero`s welcome

Days after a CBI special court granted him permission, former telecom minister A Raja on Friday landed in his home state of Tamil Nadu.

Last Updated: Jun 08, 2012, 23:35 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: Days after a CBI special court granted him permission, former telecom minister A Raja, key accused in the 2G spectrum scam on Friday landed in his home state of Tamil Nadu to a hero`s welcome.

This is Raja’s first home visit since his arrest on February 02, 2011. Hundreds of cheerful DMK workers were present in Chennai airport to welcome Raja.

At the Chennai airport about the DMK leader was given a hero`s welcome by hundreds of ecstatic DMK workers.

At the airport, slogan-shouting and folk numbers played by a band greeted the MP from Nilgiris. The supporters wore T-shirts with pro-Raja slogans and carrying the picture of party leader MK Stalin.

"Raja had conquered Tihar jail", read the slogans, apparently referring to his incarceration and release from the Delhi prison where he was lodged after he was arrested by CBI.
A visibly happy 49-year old Raja, clad in a white dhoti and fullarm shirt, waved at his supporters before driven straight to the party headquarters from the airport to meet DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.

At party headquarters he was received with bursting of crackers. Karunanidhi gave emotional welcome to Raja by calling him as a young brother.

"It is like an elder brother meeting his younger brother after a year," 89-year old Karunanidhi told reporters after the 10-minute meeting with

On his days in prison, Raja said he had read and re-read Karunanidhi`s books which had made him stronger and prepared him to face any adversity and come out clean.

Raja`s Lok Sabha constituency meanwhile is gearing up to accord him a big reception when he goes there on July 10.
A Delhi court had on Thursday allowed Raja to visit Tamil Nadu between June 8 and June 30 accepting his plea.

The court had earlier while granting him bail on May 15 imposed certain conditions, including that he would not visit his home state without its prior permission.

Raja had sought the court`s permission also on the ground that the trial proceedings would not be undertaken from June 9 to June 30 owing to summer vacation.

Raja resigned as minister Nov 14, 2010 in the wake of a Comptroller and Auditor General report that his 2008 decision to allocate 2G spectrum on a first-come-first-served basis had caused the exchequer a presumptive loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore.