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Raja tries to drag Shourie in 2G scam

Former Telecom Minister A Raja sought to drag in the 2G spectrum scam Arun Shourie, who held the same portfolio in the NDA Government, by telling a court here that both of them followed identical policy of spectrum allocation.



New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja
on day sought to drag in the 2G spectrum scam Arun Shourie, who
held the same portfolio in the NDA Government, by telling a
court here that both of them followed identical policy of
spectrum allocation.
Raja, a lawyer by profession, himself advanced the
arguments for a short while and contended that he has been
singled out for the alleged wrongdoings in following the
policy of first-come-first-served basis in spectrum
allocation.

He said he followed the policy of granting licence to
those applicants who complied first with the conditions of
Letters of Intent (LoI) irrespective of their date of
application.

The DMK leader claimed that the same policy was in
practice in 2003 when BJP leader Arun Shourie was the Telecom
Minister in the NDA government.
"In 2003 when Arun Shourie (as Telecom Minister in the
NDA government) issued two LoIs simultaneously, of the two
applicants, the second who complied first with the conditions
of LoI was issued the licence," Raja himself submitted before
special CBI Judge O P Saini.

Raja`s counsel had asked him to explain the nitty
gritty of the spectrum allocation policy to the judge.

"Even assuming that Raja did a wrong, I am not
accepting, but just assume that I committed a criminal
conspiracy or procedural error, then that has been done by
Arun Shourie also," Raja said.

Raja also said, "In the past, one application or
licence was processed at a time and only 3-4 players used to
be there but since the government chose not to put any cap,
there were so many players and 575 applications and it fell in
my lap when I became the Minister."

He also sought to clarify that the issue of UAS
licence did not amount to allocation of spectrum.

"There is confusion in the minds of the media, the
people and the entire country that issuance of licence means
allocation of spectrum. Whosoever complies with the LoI is
issued a licence and then the licencee has to come up and say
that I am a UAS licencee, now give me CDMA spectrum, GSM or
dual technology."

PTI

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