New Delhi/Chennai (Jagaran News Network/ Agencies): Lashing out at the UPA Government for taking delayed action against former Union Minister A Raja, BJP spokesperson Arun Jaitley said that the arrest was nothing but a ‘drama’.

Addressing mediapersons, Jaitley said the arrest should have been made three years back so that the money could also have been recovered.

He termed the entire episode, which included the arrest, DMK backing, Jaya lashing out as ‘Theatre of Absurd’.

DMK backs Raja, lashes out at opposition

The DMK on Thursday said A Raja’s arrest does not prove his guilt in the 2G spectrum scam and accused opposition parties of targeting him to "malign" the party.

The DMK's decision to stand by Raja came a day after he was arrested by the CBI with the party passing a resolution at its decision making body's meeting, presided over by TN Chief Minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

The CAG had given a similar report during the NDA regime also on the issue, but the opposition, which had successfully blocked functioning of Parliament during its last session, has again threatened to do so in the coming Budget Session, demanding a JPC probe into the issue, it said.

Raja's arrest meant to fool people: Jaya

AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Thursday said that arrest of former Telcom Minister A Raja was ‘artificial and well planned.’ She said that it was meant to hoodwink the public and tell the Supreme Court that some action had been taken on the matter.

"The whole thing looks artificial and well planned. They should have done this long back," she said.

The AIADMK leader said the government had adopted "contradictory stands" on the issue. Initially it said Raja was not guilty but now it had arrested him and "in the process it not only became a laughing stock, but also made the public a laughing stock," she added.


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