Showing posts with label Vinod Rai. Show all posts
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CBI court verdict on 2G case poses some tough questions for Vinod Rai

After A Raja was found not guilty of conspiring and executing what has been described as one of India's biggest scams, his wife and daughter broke down in court. Along with Mr Raja, who is a former telecom minister, M Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, was also acquitted. The party said "Victory begins now. With political motives this case was put in us. Conspiracies were hatched against us but all have been blown away now".

The 2G scam, first highlighted by the national auditor in a report in 2010, was one of a series of corruption swindles that tainted the government of Dr Manmohan Singh, which was voted out after two consecutive terms in 2014.

In November this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the 93-year-old DMK chief who has been sick for several years in Chennai, and suggested he use the PM's residence in Delhi to recuperate.  The visit was seen as an indicator that Mr Modi and his party, the BJP, are not averse to an alliance with the DMK in Tamil Nadu.

While critics will continue to cry that the mala fides in the 2G spectrum allocation are self-evident, BJP will keep drawing attention to how SC quashed all the allocation as arbitrary and unfair, and Thursday’s verdict will of course be appealed, a window has now opened for Congress to give UPA a rosy rebranding.

When CAG report was first leaked in 2010, Entire country had hailed Vinod Rai (then CAG Auditor) as a crusader against corruption and how he withstood all kinds of pressure to bring a scam of this magnitude out in the open. The verdict in the multi-crore 2G scam has shocked the nation.

A national television channel has also started a debate on Vinod Rai's honesty.

Congress politicians also got a chance to rebrand their party's image.Here is a tweet from Milind Deora