Will take action against Raja if proved guilty: Karuna

DMK president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday said his party will not hesitate to take action against former telecom minister A Raja if he was found guilty in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 22:40 PM IST

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday
said his party will not hesitate to take action against former
telecom minister A Raja if he was found guilty in the 2G
spectrum allocation scam.

"We will take action without any hesitation if Raja is
found guilty," the Tamil Nadu chief minister told reporters.

"However, the DMK believed that Raja had not committed
any mistake. Till he is proved guilty we are not prepared to
let him down," he said.
On the CBI raids at Delhi, Chennai and elsewhere in
Tamil Nadu, including residences of Raja, his aides and
relatives, Karunanidhi said the agency`s action was "not a
big issue".

"We don`t consider the raids as an insult to us but
there are some in the country who are drowned in insults," he
said.

On AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa`s charge that he was
"blackmailing" the Congress on the 2G spectrum issue,
Karunanidhi said, "Jayalalithaa is a past master in the art of
blackmailing."

On her remarks that if the CBI probe was broad-based
many more heads would roll, Karunanidhi said if CBI probed
Jayalalithaa a lot of information would come out on many
scams.

On the Opposition demand for a JPC probe into the
spectrum scam, he said he was "prepared" for such a probe if
its ambit also covered the decisions taken by previous
governments from the date of allocation of spectrum space.
"The Opposition should come out with their stand on
the Supreme Court`s observation that the the CBI probe should
cover the BJP-led NDA government`s spectrum allocation," he
said.

Karunanidhi continued to defend the `Dalit face` of
DMK when he said Raja was being targeted as he did not have
the "sacred thread", implying that he was not a Brahmin.

The DMK patriarch had earlier likened the scam to the
Hindu mythological story of demon Bagasura having a teeth to
the length of 30 miles. He had also remarked as to how an
individual could have looted Rs 1.76 lakh crore, the
`presumptive loss` as quantified by CAG.

On the Madras High Court retired judge S Raghupathy`s
letter to the then Chief Justice of Madras High Court H L
Gokhale alleging that a Union Minister (reportedly Raja) had
attempted to influence him in a criminal case through a
lawyer, Karunanidhi said Raja himself had denied it.

"That`s all I know," he said.

PTI