Vested interests manipulated public perception: Raja

Vested interests manipulated public perception: Raja

Crediting himself for the telecom "revolution" in the country after the 2G verdict, a triumphant A Raja on Thursday said vested interests manipulated public perception by sensationalising fabricated allegations against him.

He said his "firm belief in the rightfulness" of his action, as well as his faith in the judicial system, has been validated with the verdict acquitting him.

"All my actions as telecom minister had been for the benefit of the masses, to make wireless service more economical and widely available, in line with the National Telecom Policy and the recommendations of Trai. I have felt somewhat vindicated all along even prior to this judgement because the beneficial results of my actions are evident to and being enjoyed by the nation's public, especially the poor," he said.

"I brought out a revolution in the telecom sector. It is not unknown to the history that a person who did a revolution is often termed as a criminal," he said.

Raja also claimed that it has been repeatedly proven that the presumptive loss to the exchequer, which formed the basis for "conspiracy theorists to run amok", was "cooked up".

Recalling the trial in court, Raja said he had the courage and confidence to step into the witness box and gave evidence and offered himself for cross-examination by the CBI, which was "very unusual" in criminal trials in the country.

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