Khurshid makes light of Raja`s arguments

Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday made light of arguments put forth by former telecom minister A Raja in a court while opposing the framing of charges against him in the 2G case.

New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid
on Tuesday made light of arguments put forth by former telecom
minister A Raja in a court while opposing the framing of
charges against him in the 2G case, saying lawyers often say
things to defend their clients.

"You do know, when lawyers appear for someone, they
look for anything possible to help their own clients. It is
not always that thought is given to what will happen to some
other person who is named in this manner," he said here.

At the same time, the minister added that it was for
the court to consider "whether there is any substance" in what
Raja`s counsel has said.

"We have the rule of sub-judice, because if everything
that happens in court is commented upon outside, there would a
parallel trial going on," he said.

Khurshid said since Chidambaram and Telecom Minister
Kapil Sibal have clarified their position on the issue, the
matter should be allowed to rest there.

Raja today pleaded before the special court that
Chidambaram be made a witness in the 2G spectrum case saying
he was privy to the matter relating to dilution of equities by
Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless to foreign firms, Etisalat
and Telenor, respectively.

"The matters relating to dilution of equities to
foreign firms by Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless were known
to the Prime Minister and then Finance Minister Chidambaram,"
Raja`s counsel said.

PTI

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