Chennai: AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday
said the arrest of former Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G
spectrum scam raised more questions than answers and alleged
that it was a "purely political" decision keeping in mind
Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.
She also demanded the arrest of others, including
immediate family members of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi,
allegedly involved in the scam and said her party will not
give up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe
into the scam despite Raja`s arrest.
Asked whether the arrest had something to do with Congress
and DMK firming up their alliance with the visit of
Karunanidhi to Delhi two days ago, she said the whole thing
looked "very artificial and deeply suspicious".
She believed that the decision to arrest Raja was taken
keeping in mind the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. It was a
"purely political" decision, she said.
"Raja`s arrest raises more questions than it answers and
many questions have been left unanswered. This arrest can be
described only as an action too little, too late," she said.
Alleging that the action came three years late, she said,
"The government would have arrested him three years ago, at
least two years, one year or even when the Supreme Court asked
why Raja was not arrested."
She said the government was contradicting itself as its
different arms were giving contradictory statements. "The
government has contradicted itself. CAG says the allocation
has led to enormous loss to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore.
"But, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, whom I presume spoke
on behalf of the government, claims that Raja did not cause
any loss to the exchequer and even came up with an argument of
zero loss. But then why did CBI, another arm of the
government, arrest him. If Raja had done nothing wrong, why
has he been arrested?" the AIADMK leader posed.