Opposition for Raja`s dismissal over spectrum scam
Telecom Minister A Raja was in the eye of a storm in Parliament amid demands for his dismissal in the wake of a report that a corporate lobbyist was involved in alleged multi-crore scam over allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008.
New Delhi: Telecom Minister A Raja was in the
eye of a storm in Parliament amid demands for his dismissal in
the wake of a report that a corporate lobbyist was involved in
alleged multi-crore scam over allocation of 2G spectrum in
The report in a daily newspaper here became ammunition for
the AIADMK, BJP and the Left parties to target Raja in the Lok
Sabha and the Rajya Sabha displaying cuttings of the news that
said, "The CBI has acquired clinching evidence showing that a
high-profile woman PR lobbyist acted as power-broker in the
multi-crore 2G spectrum scam."
Raja was not present in either House and DMK leader T R
Baalu along with party colleagues in the Lok Sabha objected
strongly over the charges levelled against the Telecom
As soon as both Houses assembled for the day, AIADMK and
Left members rushed to the well in the Lok Sabha displaying
copies of the media report and the newspaper, demanding an
explanation from the Prime Minister on the outcome of the CBI
probe into alleged allocation scam.
In the Upper House, BJP and AIADMK members raised the
issue vociferously with members belonging to Jayalalithaa`s
party demanding dismissal of the Telecom Minister.
Raja has been facing the allegations of distributing new
telecom licenses and spectrum at throw away price and causing
huge losses to the exchequer. Nine new licenses were issued in
January 2008 at Rs 1,658 crore for pan-India operations.
CBI is also investigating alleged irregularities in the
spectrum allocation and has registered a case against some
unknown officials of the Department of Telecom for their
involvement. But no report has been given by the investigating
agency so far.
The Rajya Sabha saw two adjournments on the spectrum and
phone tapping issues while the Lok Sabha was adjourned once.