Former Telecom Minister A Raja
Former Telecom Minister A Raja

Former telecom minister A. Raja informed a Delhi court that he would call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as witness in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

"I would call these witnesses to prove that the government did not incur any loss in the 2G spectrum allocation," he said.

Raja, presently lodged in Tihar Jail, told a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court Wednesday that apart from the prime minister he would seek the presence of the then finance minister P. Chidambaram and present telecom minister Minister Kapil Sibal in the witness box.

"Raja may get permission under section 311 (power to summon material witness) of Criminal Procedure Code to issue summons to the prime minister, the then finance Minister and the present communications minister as witnesses," said Raja's counsel Senior advocate Sushil Kumar, informing to CBI Special Judge O.P. Saini.

"The moment it was established there was no loss to the state exchequer, the whole case of cheating and conspiracy in the spectrum allocation will go. The prime minister and the two others were the correct people to establish the real facts," he said.

"The CBI has more than 45,000 documents in their custody which they have not produced before the court till date. Raja would move an application for getting certain documents from the CBI which had so far not been brought before the court," said Sushil Kumar.

"I was made to pay a price for annoying the big players in the telecom sector," said Raja seeking discharge from the 2G scam.

"Raja's case is nothing but witch hunting by the older players, who invested money," said Sushil Kumar.

"The agency should explain as to why a minister would take bribe in installments, through cheques and that too in the form of a loan," sought the defense counsel to demolish the CBI allegation that "Raja took Bribes" through various firms of Shahid Usman Balwa, an alleged beneficiary of the scam.

Raja's counsel also alleged that "so far as other companies like Unitech Wireless were concerned, the CBI had failed to establish any motive or consideration for the grant of license," alleged Raja's counsel.

He also alleged that even if the loss theory of the CBI is assumed to be correct, then why were only two companies, Swan Telecom and Unitech, before this court.

"The CBI seized documents pertaining to Loop Telecom, Spice Communications, Idea Cellular and other firms but has not decided about its future course of action regarding those companies.," he contended.

"How many trials would I be facing as for the last two years the CBI has failed to decide the fate of the seized documents pertaining to other telecom companies," Raja said.