2G scam: Entire case was cooked up, says A Raja

Raja, surrounded by family, had wept in court after the verdict.? Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 21, 2017, 01.26 PM (IST)

A Raja, former telecom minister who is acquitted in the 2G spectrum case has said that his faith in the nations' justice was validated today.

"My firm belief in the rightfulness of my actions as well as my faith in our nation's justice system has been validated today,".

He said he had felt vindicated all along the case and added that results of his actions had benefitted the people and brought a "revolution" in the telecom sector.

 

"I have felt somewhat vindicated all along even prior to this judgement because the beneficial results of my actions are evident to and being enjoyed by the nation's public (especially the poor)," he said.

He also said that the matter was all cooked up. 

"Vested interests manipulated public perception by leveraging the media and sensationalising fabricated allegations," he said. "It has been repeatedly proven that the presumptive loss to the exchequer which formed the basis for the conspiracy theorists to run amok, was cooked-up."

He said that he had the courage and confidence to give evidence and appear for cross-examinations by the CBI.

"I also had the courage and confidence to step into the witness box and gave evidence and offered myself for cross-examination by the CBI, which is very unusual in criminal trials in India," 

He claimed that the judge acquitted him because the prosecution case was false 

Raja claimed that the trial court judge had repeatedly observed that his evidence was "cogent, credible and consistent with the official records, in contrast with the evidence of the prosecution witnesses whose evidence has been rejected as untrustworthy".

He added, "The learned Judge has held that it is not just a case of the prosecution failing to prove its allegations, but a case where the prosecution case itself was false, which was my submission from the very first day."

All 17 accused including Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were acquitted by a special court today. 

Raja, surrounded by family, had wept in court after the verdict. 

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Raja, who was speaking to the media in Delhi on Wednesday, was also asked if he feels let down by the Congress and the UPA. 

'That we will see later,' he said.