December 22, 2017
A day after RK Nagar went to polls and the judgement in the politically-sensitive 2G spectrum allocation case was delivered by a special CBI court acquitting all the 17 accused, including former telecom minister A.Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi, the Tamil Nadu unit of CPI(M) has sought legal action to ensure punishment for those who are guilty.
The party’s state secretary G.Ramakrishnan in a statement issued on Friday said the judgement in the case that was on for 7 years has raised many questions, as the special court has observed that CBI has failed to prove the corruption charges with adequate evidence and proof.
He pointed out that the CAG report pegged the loss to the central government in the allocation of 2G licences at Rs 1.76 lakh crore, following which Supreme Court ordered for a CBI inquiry. The SC also indicted 122 telecom companies and cancelled their licences after which CBI conducted 2 cases and ED pursued one case.
“It is the responsibility of the CBI and the ED to produce the real culprits, who caused huge loss to the exchequer, before the court and prove the charges,”Ramakrishnan said, urging both the central agencies to pursue the matter legally.
It may be noted that the state CPM has come out with a cautious statement a day after the RK Nagar by-poll in which the party backed DMK candidate Marudhu Ganesh.
The CPI(M)’s polit bureau, however, issued a statement on the party’s stand a few hours after the verdict was out on Thursday, while Ramakrishnan had earlier said the party would express its opinion after reading the verdict running to 1500-plus pages in full.
It may be noted that the CPI(M) had snapped ties with its former ally DMK ahead of the 2011 assembly elections and joined the AIADMK alliance, because of the taint on the Dravidian major caused by the alleged 2G scam that rocked the country then. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections too, the Left parties were forced to make an alliance of their own in Tamil Nadu and in 2016 assembly polls, it was part of the People’s Welfare Alliance, touted as the third front alternative to both the Dravidian parties, and fared badly.