Chennai: Former Telecom Minister A Raja, who has been accused in the JPC draft report of having misled the Prime Minister on 2G spectrum issue, on Friday maintained he had done everything in consultation with Manmohan Singh and would send a detailed note in his defence to the panel next week.

"I had done everything in consultation with the Prime Minister. After demitting office, I told everyone that whatever I did was in consultation with the Prime Minister. "After I was arrested, I advanced the same argument in court and at the time of framing of charges, the same argument was forwarded. My stand has been very clear," he said.

While giving sequence of events leading to allocation of 2G spectrum, the draft JPC report says, "The Committee is inclined to conclude that the Prime Minister was misled about the procedure decided to be followed by the Department of Telecommunications in respect of issuance of UAS (Universal Access License) licences."

Raja said, "I will prove my innocence and send a note to the JPC and I do hope that after the perusal of my report, They will call me". Answering a query on the probe in 2G scam, he said, "The entire 2G is complete lawlessness. Whether it is the CAG... With due respect to the Supreme Court, even the Supreme Court observations are completely violating natural justice. I do have faith in judiciary, the trial is going on and I will prove my innocence."

The DMK has come out in support of its party leader, saying that it is a "false accusation" that Raja had "misled" the Prime Minister on the 2G issue. Raja said, "I did everything in consultation with the (then) Finance Minister and with officials" and added that "if at all anything is to be interpreted, it is duly administrative".

On the draft report of JPC which stated that he had misled the Prime Minister, Raja said, "It can't be fair on my part to react when I do not have access to the report". He, however, said he has already written to the JPC that he would send a detailed note which may run into 100 pages.

"I cannot comment now. Hope they will call me after perusing my detailed report", Raja said insisting that he be called by JPC to depose before it. Raja reiterated his charge that the probe into the 2G scam has not been fair, saying the entire probe has violated the principles of law and natural justice. He said, "My stand is very clear. I will prove my innocence. I have faith in the judiciary".


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