Former Telecom Minister A Raja, accused in the 2G spectrum scam, who spent 15 months in jail has said that the 2G scam is a sham and alleged that the case was fabricated against him because he stood in the way of cartels in the telecom industry.
"I had stood in the way of this cartel and that is probably why I am in trouble now. I brought in new players to create a competitive atmosphere which resulted in increasing tele-density and bringing down call charges from Rupee one per minute to 30 paise per minute", A Raja.
"The four major players, Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone and Idea, acquired the UAS licences and shared the spectrum between themselves as a cartel. This catelisation ensured that new players in the industry were kept at bay. I brought in new players to create a competitive atmosphere which resulted in increasing the tele-density and bringing the call charges down from one rupee to thirty paise per minute." He alleged.
In an interview to a Tamil TV channel Puthiya Thalaimurai Raja said that he would seek the permission of the court to grill Vinod Rai, the head of CAG which pegged at Rs 1.76 lakh crore as the presumptive loss due to the controversial spectrum allocation.
"CAG report is meant for Parliament. For the first time in Indian judiciary, the CAG report is being treated as the basis for a criminal investigation by the Supreme Court," said Raja.
"I will seek permission in court to question the CAG myself and I hope the court will permit", he said in an interview to a Tamil TV channel Puthiya Thalaimurai.
Raja said that the present Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had gone to record to say that there was no loss to the exchequer as "all the decisions were taken in accordance with policy guidelines of the Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (TRAI).