2G case verdict proves ‘massive propaganda against UPA was without foundation’, says Manmohan Singh

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Manmohan said he was “glad the court has pronounced that the massive propaganda against UPA was without any foundation”.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Thursday welcomed the Special CBI court’s verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case, and said he was “glad the court has pronounced that the massive propaganda against UPA was without any foundation.”

“I think the judgment has to be respected. I am glad that the court has pronounced unambiguously that all this massive propaganda which was being run against the UPA government was without any foundation,” the former prime minister said, in response to the special CBI court acquitting all 17 accused in the case.

The court earlier today acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, including former telecom minister A Raja and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi. In his order, Special Judge OP Saini said, “There is no evidence on the record produced before the court indicating any criminality in the acts allegedly committed by the accused persons.”

The trial in the scam began six years ago after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) alleged that 122 2G licences were given to telecom operators at throwaway prices, without a free and fair bidding process. It had claimed the allocation led to a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore for the national exchequer. The licences were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012.

Source: The Indian Express

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