Ahmedabad: As soon as the special court in New Delhi acquitted Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders A. Raja and Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum allocation case on Thursday, party leaders hailed the judgement and supported broke out in celebration. The Congress, which led the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government when the case came to light, termed the case “propaganda” against it.

The case relates to the allocation of second-generation (2G) telecom spectrum and licences in 2007-08, which a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said caused a loss of Rs1.76 lakh crore of the exchequer.

“We are very happy that justice has prevailed. It is a big day for the DMK family. It is an answer to all the blames and the problems we faced.”


—Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha member who was acquitted in the case

 

“The acquittal of all the accused by the special court has brought happiness to us. The verdict further proves that there was no wrong done. All this has been proved.”

 

—M.K. Stalin, DMK working president

“Congress leaders are treating this judgement as some kind of a badge of honour and a certification that it was an honest policy.”

“The 2G scam is not a certificate for the 2G allocation policy being an honest policy. The Supreme Court in 2012 had upheld the policy as corrupt, dishonest, arbitrary, unfair and intended to cause loss to the exchequer. All 2G license allocations were quashed.”

“The fact that the policy caused loss is clear from the fact that the subsequent auctions got a much higher price. I am sure that the investigative agencies will have a close look at it (the judgement and the acquittal of the accused) and decide what has to be done.”

 

—Arun Jaitley, Union finance minister

“Today, my words have been proven right. There was no corruption, there was no loss. If there was any scam, it was a scam of lies, the opposition’s and (former auditor and comptroller general of India) Vinod Rai’s lies. Vinod Rai must apologize to the nation.”

 

—Kapil Sibal, Congress leader and former Union law minister

“A massive propaganda was unleashed against my government and now the judgement speaks for itself.”

 

—Manmohan Singh, Congress leader and former Prime Minister

“We cannot comment much on the court’s verdict. Whatever they decide is correct and rightly done. We are no one to judge the court’s verdict… The court will only look for evidences and if no proof was found against the accused, then nothing can be done.”

 

—Anna Hazare, anti-corruption activist

“We are relieved of the huge tension we had. What kept us going was that we knew all along that the law of the land will be upheld. We knew that if there will be a fair trial, it will give us justice.”

 

—Hussain Balwa, brother of Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, who was acquitted in the case