Edited by: Alert India Desk, Chandigarh [ Published on: December 22, 2017 16:30 IST ]
Buoyed by the verdict, the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee President Dr. Ashok Tanwar today in a press conference in the party office Chandigarh said “truth” has finally prevailed and that justice has been delivered while the ruling party asked the Congress not to treat them as a “badge of honour”. Dr. Ashok Tanwar demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders apologise to the nation for their alleged “propaganda and lies.”
Dr. Ashok Tanwar said that the court judgment needs to be respected as it has “pronounced that the massive propaganda” unleashed against Congress government without any foundation. “Will all those people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders, who for years made false propaganda and lies their stepping stone to come to power apologise to the country? “Today is the day for fixing accountability and responsibility.”
He said Vinod Rai should tender an apology to the country, resign from all posts he is holding and return all the awards, he added that the former CAG chief should be probed on the issue.
The former CAG’s report, published in 2010, was largely the basis of the scandal and the probe. It pinned the estimated loss to exchequer at 1.76 lakh crore. However, Rai has since been accused of giving an inflated account of the numbers. In CBI’s March 2011 charge sheet, the total loss was pegged at Rs 30,000 crore even though the agency’s then director AP Singh claimed that the agency had not calculated the total loss. In 2009, the CVC had put the number at Rs 22,000 crore. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on the other hand, claimed that it was impossible to calculate the total loss to the exchequer as the auction was done on first come first serve basis.
The court too, dealt a body blow to the CAG’s and CBI’s estimation of huge loss in grant of 2G licences. Judge Saini in his 1,552-page verdict in the main CBI case held that some people “artfully” arranged few selected facts and created a scam “when there was none”.
Dr. Ashok Tanwar also questioned the media coverage. “I humbly request the media persons present here spread the message of Congress innocence to the general public with the same eagerness they showed in talking about the scam and piling on the blame.