2G scam verdict: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi on Thursday walked free after the special court acquitted her along with other accused including former telecom minister A Raja amongst many in this case. While talking to CNN News18, Kanimozhi said that this was a false case due to which the people and the party suffered. She added, “I hope to find out who was responsible for this.” When asked if she thinks it was a political conspiracy, Kanimozhi said,”I won’t say it was just a political conspiracy, it was larger than that and I hope to find out who was responsible for it.” Kanimozhi also thanked her family members and said that she is very grateful to the family for standing by her. When she was asked who all did she talk to after the verdict, Kanimozhi said Congress President Rahul Gandhi called her and told her that today is a big day. Former PM Manmohan Singh also called her and said ‘truth has triumphed’. She also said that a lot of questions need to be answered as being accused of corruption is not an easy burden to carry.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who was the original petitioner in the case and whose pleas finally forced the then PM Manmohan Singh government to launch a CBI probe in the 2G spectrum scam case, today said the government should immediately appeal in the Delhi High Court against the acquittal. “The government should appeal in the high court against the acquittal of all the accused,” he said. Swamy also tweeted that the government must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in the High Court. The BJP MP also called the verdict a “bad judgement” and urged PM Modi to create a war council to fight corruption.
The scam had come to light in 2010 when the then Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai alleged that 122 2G licences were given to telecom operators at cheap prices without a fair and free bidding process which resulted in a loss of a whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.