Cong guns for ex-CAG Vinod Rai's resignation

Cong guns for ex-CAG Vinod Rai's resignation

A jubilant Congress on Thursday claimed vindication in the 2G spectrum allocation case and gunned for former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, who had pegged the notional loss to the exchequer at Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

The Congress also called for an apology by the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for hatching a conspiracy to defame the then UPA government and demanded a clarification in Parliament.

"I don't want to boast anything. The court's judgement has to be respected. The court has pronounced unambiguously that the massive propaganda against the UPA was unfounded," former prime minister Manmohan Singh told reporters.

"The judgement speaks for itself," said Singh, whose image received a severe drubbing and whose government later faced a massive defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress will also hit the streets to "expose" the conspiracy of the BJP to defame the then UPA government and bring about its downfall.

Former ministers in the UPA government, including P Chidambaram, M Veerappa Moily, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma and Manish Tewari, wanted Rai to be held accountable and demanded his resignation from the plum assignments he got from the Modi government.

Singh and Congress president Rahul Gandhi also spoke with DMK leader Kanimozhi to express their solidarity with her.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during a debate on Supplementary Demand for Grants, Moily demanded that Rai be stripped of the Padma Bhushan conferred by the Modi government.

"One thing is clear, the allegation of a major scam involving highest levels of government was never true, not correct and that has been proved today," former finance minister Chidambaram told reporters here.

Former law ministers Sibal and Moily demanded that Rai be removed from the post of chairman of the Banks Board Bureau and as the Chairman of the Committee of Administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"There was no case from the beginning. In fact, it was a scam of lies, there was no scam on our part. We did it in accordance with the policy prescription that we had at that point in time," Sibal said, adding that the telecom sector was in dire straits solely because of the BJP and Rai.

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