Former telecom minister A Raja, who was recently acquitted by the Supreme Court in respect to the 2G spectrum case has said that the case proved that the apex court is ‘not infallible’. The comment comes days after four supreme court judges – Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph expressed their dissatisfaction with the functioning of country’s apex court. The Supreme Court in 2012 had cancelled 122 telecom licences allotted during A Raja’s tenure in the telecom ministry, stating in its order that he “wanted to favour some companies at the cost of the public exchequer”. On the eve of his book launch ‘2G Saga Unfolds’, Raja in an interview with The Indian Express, said that the CAG report that estimated the presumed loss to the exchequer at Rs 1.76 lakh crore, was propagated by the Supreme Court and documents that were submitted by the Department of Telecom as detailed counter-arguments were not perused by the judges.
Raja further asserted that though the mutiny by the top judges has nothing to do with the 2G case, by then he through his books, documents have already proved that the court is not error-free and added, “Supreme Court is always final, that does not mean it is infallible.” Raja disclosed that the apex court could have handled the case in a different way as the CBI was groping in the dark to understand what the case comprised of. Raja said that the CBI had no idea about 2G and the apex court should have appointed a SIT in which a PhD fellow from an IIT in radio frequency, a legal brain and telecom experts should have been included.
He said the sanctity of the CAG was breached by Vinod Rai, the then Comptroller and Auditor-General. The DMK leader said that the UPA-II tried to shield themselves by keeping him in the line of fire and added, “Even if it was a Congress member, I do not think P. Chidambaram, Pranab Mukherjee, Manmohan Singh or H.R. Bhardwaj (then law minister) would have come to his rescue.”