AIADMK, CPI want Raja behind bars

“Raja should be arrested at the earliest and criminal proceedings initiated against him,” CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said. He said the action against the DMK MP should have been taken much earlier as he was given time to “hide” things.

Demanding the arrest of Raja, AIADMK leader V Maitreyan said the raids have come a little late “but better late then never. We hope that these raids are for real and not merely eyewash.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party termed the CBI raids as “mere eyewash”. “It was too little, too late,” said BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar.

“This confirms our doubts that it was Raja and his coterie who were responsible for the scam,” said Javadekar, adding the raids would only strengthen the BJP’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G scam.

Congress spokesman and Lok Sabha member Manish Tiwari said the investigating agency needed to be allowed to carry on the probe “in a fair and transparent manner”.

“The CBI initiated the investigation after being asked by the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, who is a part of the executive, to probe into the 2G scam and the investigation has culminated in raids,” said Tiwari.

Kapil Sibal, who took over as Telecom Minister after Raja resigned on November 14 last, said the Supreme Court is directly monitoring the CBI now and the government has no objections to it.

“The CBI is before the Supreme Court. We have no problem in the Supreme Court monitoring directly what the CBI is doing, so that the people know that all this is being done in a transparent fashion, and that the government is not involved at all,” said Sibal, a senior leader of the Congress.

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