Raja a small player; risk to his life: Swamy



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In his first comments post granting of bail to former telecom minister A Raja, main petitioner in the 2G spectrum scam case Subramanian Swamy said Raja’s life is in danger.

Speaking to a news channel, the Janata Party president said that as per the law Raja could have secured bail but there is nothing Raja can do to alter the course of proceedings in the case.

However, Swamy said that there is serious concern about personal safety of the DMK leader.

“There is a very serious risk to his life as per my information,” he said. Swamy also quipped that Raja was ‘really a small player’ and that all the big players should be identified.

The special court of Justice OP Saini granted bail to Raja on his furnishing personal and surety bonds of Rs 20 lakh each.

Earlier, Swamy had expressed hope that Raja would be convicted by the year end.

The 2G scam involved government officials, who illegally undercharged mobile telephony companies for frequency allocation licenses, which they would use to create 2G subscriptions for cell phones.

The shortfall between the money collected and the money which the law mandated to be collected is estimated to be Rupees 176,645 crore (35.24 billion dollars) as valued by Comptroller and Auditor General of India based on prices of 3G and BWA spectrum auctions which were held in 2010. However, the exact loss is disputed.

In a chargesheet filed on April 2, 2011 by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the agency pegged the loss at Rupees 30,984.55 crore (6.18 billion dollars), whereas the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India claims that the government actually gained Rupees 3,000 crore (598.5 million dollars) by selling the spectrum.