Raja asks court: Why am I the lone target?

July 26th, 2011 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Sushil Kumar New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) An indignant former communications minister A. Raja Tuesday briefly argued his own case in the CBI court, asking why he alone was being prosecuted for the 2G spectrum scam.

His lawyer Sushil Kumar was referring to the solicitor general when Raja, a lawyer by training, looked at judge O.P. Saini and asked: “May I?”

When the judge nodded, Raja took on his own defence, loudly and aggressively. The packed courtroom suddenly became very silent, eager to listen to what the now jailed DMK leader had to say.

“All my predecessors maintained the same policy which I worked on,” said Raja, wearing his usual white shirt and black trousers.

“If the CBI is saying … I am not saying I am guilty but if the CBI says that Raja is guilty or he did any procedural error or a criminal conspiracy, then I will say that the same has been done by Arun Shourie also,” he said in the packed courtroom.

Shourie was the communications minister during the BJP-led NDA regime. The Congress-led UPA ousted the NDA in 2004.

Raja ended his intervention within a few minutes.

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