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UPA II made me scapegoat in 2G case to salvage its image, says A Raja in book

In his upcoming book, A Raja slams ex-PM Manmohan Singh, calls Vinod Rai 'sutradhaar' of 2G case

Vindicated in the 2G spectrum allocation case, A Raja has launched a scathing attack on former CAG Vinod Rai, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA II dispensation in his tell-all book 2G Saga Unfolds.

The book, which was accessed by News18, is expected to be released this month. The former telecom minister, who was at the centre of the 2G case, didn’t spare the former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai. The “sanctity of the CAG was severely compromised by its then head, Vinod Rai”, Raja said in the book.

Raja wrote that Rai’s report and the now debunked Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss on which 2G spectrum case was built, was “a mixture of inappropriate legal interpretations, incongruous comparisons and flippant allegations.”

The sharpest salvo, however, comes when Raja says, “It is my conviction consequent to the whole experience of the trial that there was political motivation to kill UPA-II and Rai’s was the shoulder on which the gun was placed.”

Raja also slammed former Manmohan Singh and the UPA II machinery, almost likening himself to a scapegoat saying, Singh’s silence on the issue was like “silencing of our nation’s collective conscience”.

A decision to put him "behind bars had been taken to salvage the government’s image", Raja wrote in the book.

He claimed in the book that Singh was repeatedly misinformed by his advisors. Raja alleged that Singh chose to remain a passive observer even when he was arrested and jailed for about 15 months.

According to the News18 report, Raja also claimed in the book that Singh privately confessed to have been influenced by articles appearing in the media.

It must be noted that soon after a special court gave a clean chit to the Raja and all accused in the 2G case, Singh had said, “All the massive propaganda which was being done against the UPA was without any foundation. The judgement speaks for itself.”

Read full News18 report here.
First Published on Jan 10, 2018 10:16 pm
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