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Spectrum scam verdict

| Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on December 21, 2017


The verdict in the 2G scam case has given the accused an opportunity to cloak themselves in piety and claim to be incorruptible exemplars of probity and justice. Like in the disproportinate assets cases against late J Jayalalithaa and VK Sasikala, one must for wait the verdict from the higher courts to know the truth.

S Vasudevan

Email

The verdict was a slap in the face of the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate, ex-CAG Vinod Rai and all those who converted the spectrum allocation by the UPA government into a scam for their own political gain. Inevitably, the case built on ‘choreographed’ charges and notional loss for propaganda purpose, fell apart.

Hyped as the ‘biggest scam of all time’, what was known as “2G scam”, brought down the UPA government. Although nothing much can be done about it at this stage, the BJP that rode to power on this issue can apologise for blowing it up out of all proportions. The verdict vindicated the UPA government and its telecom policy to expand the reach of telephony to the country’s poor.

Somehow, A Raja, DMK’s dalit face, was portrayed as the personification of corruption, but he had the last laugh. It can now be said with greater clarity and sureness that Vinod Rai, otherwise hailed as an ‘honest officer’, came out with his ‘presumptive loss’ theory and acted as a witting tool of the BJP in the build-up to the ‘regime change’ in 2014.

G David Milton

Maruthancode, TN

The projection of probable licensing value juxtaposing far different genres of spectrum technologies, tenuous professional knowledge on the market dynamics for the 2G in particular and the industry in general, the list is wide, resulted in a ‘notional loss’ of ₹1.76 lakh crore.

This was grudgingly acknowledged subsequently by the CAG itself, but by then it had helped incubate the spectre of a massive scam. The verdict now by the Special CBI court must help restore some sobriety into the conduct of national politics. Men and entities become great not by pushing others down but by lifting themselves up .

R Narayanan

Navi Mumbai

Jaya’s video

It’s indeed a pity that the AIADMK is in such a situation that it’s nonpareil and charismatic leader late J Jayalalithaa’s public image will be shattered in the days to come. The release of Jaya’s illness video by the TTV Dhinakaran group to television channels on Wednesday smacks of the disrespect shown to the leader by the aforesaid camp and also of the selfishness of the politicians.

S Ramakrishnasayee

Ranipet, TN

Act responsible

This refers to “Opposition MPs create ruckus over Modi’s ‘Pak conspiracy’ remarks” (December 21). It is unfortunate that both Upper and the Lower Houses are not allowed to function smoothly on one pretext or the other, which is not a good sign in democracy. Like the Monsoon Session, the Winter Session is also set to wash out thus wasting tax payers’ money.

HP Murali

Bengaluru

US double standards

With the India-China border talks underway, it is a matter of concern that the US pronouncements time and again are giving serious misgivings on its intentions in the sub-continent (“Indo-China border talks underway”, December 21). US President Donald Trump’s obsession with China distracts him from looking discerningly at the danger posed to the peace prospects in the sub-continent due to continued patronage of terror hide-outs by Pakistan in its country.

No other country would have suffered as much as Afghanistan on account of Pakistan’s intransigence, which prompted the ex-premier of that country, Hamid Karzai, to decry the double standards being adopted by the US on terrorism.

There may not be any need to expand our defence and security co-operation with any country, if only the US stops funding Pakistan and caution it sincerely.

V Subramanian

Chennai

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Published on December 21, 2017
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