AAP claims fresh evidence in 2G case, alleges cover-up
Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday claimed fresh evidence has emerged in the second generation (2G) spectrum allocation case and said it will move the Supreme Court.
Party leader and advocate Prashant Bhushan released four of what he said were taped telephonic conversations of some of the key stakeholders, throwing more light on the 2G case.
This, he said, needed to be thoroughly probed.
He also released what he claimed was a handwritten letter by a top industrialist to then Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi which he said further added to the evidence of alleged misdoings.
Bhushan alleged that a major cover-up was attempted by Karunanidhi, whose party was then a part of the Congress-led government.
A livid Karunanidhi dismissed the latest allegations as "lies". "It is all lies," he said in Chennai.
Pressed for more, the veteran politician told the media: "You are all reporters. Why don't you ask (Chief Minister J.) Jayalalithaa about her disproportionate assets case? You don't ask her questions. But you only ask me."
The AAP leader released transcripts of the tapes of alleged telephonic conversations involving Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, Karunanidhi's aide M. Shanmuganathan, police officer Jaffer Sait and Sharad Kumar of Kalaignar TV.
The transcripts and letter released by Bhushan appeared to show that Karunanidhi was aware of all the dealings that took place, Bhushan said.
Meanwhile, the Tata Group, which Bhushan named, said: "Allegations that are being made against Tata companies have been repeatedly looked into and investigated by the authorities concerned.
"These have found that the conduct of Tata entities have been above board. We reiterate that the business transactions of Tata companies are bonafide and in line with the Group's Code of Conduct and commitment to ethical standards," a Tata Sons spokesperson said in a statement.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has framed corruption and other charges against 17 accused in the spectrum case, including former telecom minister A. Raja and Kanimozhi, a DMK Rajya Sabha member.
According to the government auditor, Raja was biased while distributing 2G mobile airwaves and operating licences to telecom firms, causing a loss of up to Rs.1.76 lakh crore in revenue to the treasury.
Raja, who has claimed innocence, was arrested Feb 2, 2011 and sent to jail. He got bail in May 2012.
The CBI filed its first chargesheet April 2, 2011 pegging the loss to the exchequer at Rs.30,984 crore.
(Posted on 04-02-2014)