A Raja, Kanimozhi, and 15 others accused in the 2G scam were acquitted by a special CBI court on Thursday.
Special CBI judge OP Saini said the prosecution has failed to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, a private complainant in the case, wants the CBI to appeal against the acquittals in High Court.
Former UPA ministers are now training their guns on former CAG Vinod Rai, who had pegged the loss to the exchequer at Rs 1.76 lakh crore. The trial in 2G spectrum scam started six years ago in 2011 after the court had framed charges against 17 accused in the CBI case for offences that entailed punishment ranging from six months to life imprisonment.
Raja said he’ll first read the verdict “like a good lawyer and then comment”.
Former Union minister Milind Deora said "CBI and other agencies" should be held accountable.
As a former minister for Telecom & IT, I refused to pass judgement on the 2G ‘scam’. I wish CAG & the press had done the same, that the special court delivered justice sooner & that CBI & other agencies are held accountable for serious acts of omission— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) December 21, 2017
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said, "Court found that innocent people have been wronged. Justice has worked as it is supposed to work in our country"
The National Spokesperson of Congress took to Twitter and wrote, "Will BJP now apologise to the nation for stalling parliament for years, slowing down India's growth story, levelling baseless accusations against the then government for BJP's hunger to be in power at any cost? Shame on their power hungry politics #2GScamVerdict"
Will BJP now apologise to the nation for stalling parliament for years, slowing down India's growth story, levelling baseless accusations against the then government for BJP's hunger to be in power at any cost? Shame on their power hungry politics #2GScamVerdict— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) December 21, 2017
However, Twitterati came out in full force to express their disappointment over the verdict. Many also pointed out Supreme Court's cancellation of 122 licenses for mobile networks issued during A Raja’s tenure as Telecom Minister.
Supreme canceled all licenses in 2012. Now, all accused are acquitted in #2GScamVerdict. Is this a Joke? Now, don't expect anything over CWG, Augusta, National Herald scams etc. All these are just for Election speeches.— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 21, 2017
One thing s clear in India, do corruption as much as u can. Don't worry our law will save u and u will be saint. #2GScamVerdict— Hari Prabhakaran (@Hariadmk) December 21, 2017
Dear folks who rant about India's bottomless corruption,the impunity with which politicians loot,or ask why Gandhi family roams free,hope you got your reality check with #2GScamVerdict— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) December 21, 2017
Supreme Court cancelled licences.— Harsh Lapsia (@harshlapsia) December 21, 2017
Trial court acquits all accused.
And we are expected to Trust the Judiciary. #2GScamVerdict
#2GScamVerdict— Diwakar (@diwakarlmishra) December 21, 2017
No one killed Jessica
No one killed black buck
No one was driving
No one was scamming
No one killed Jesica— Raju Srivastav (@Gajodhar_007) December 21, 2017
No one Killed black buck
No one killed Arushi
No one Destroyed Ram Temple
No one stole 176K crs...
WaAh Me-Lord wAah 🙌🙌#2GScamVerdict
If there is no such 2G Scam (#2GScamVerdict)— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 21, 2017
1) Why SC cancelled all 122 telecom licences allotted under #2GSpectrum?
2) Why SC ruled 85/122 licences were outside eligibility criteria for allocation?
3) Why SC said 122 licences were granted in arbitrary & unconstitutional manner?
Judiciary biggest corrupt institutions of India.. case running for 8 yrs now say no evidence then why put them on trial .— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) December 21, 2017
Crores of money made by judge & advocates in #2GScamVerdict
Of course, there were many who cracked jokes around the verdict.
Vodafone providing 2G speed for the price of 4G is the real 2G scam. #2GScamVerdict— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) December 21, 2017
India has moved to 4G and Modi government is busy opening files of 2G. Another failure of digital India. This Modi, I tell you will take us back to stone age.#2GScamVerdict— The Frustrated Indian (@FrustIndian) December 21, 2017
Judge : Give one good reason to free you from all the charges?— Sweta Singh (@iSwetaSinghAT) December 21, 2017
Kanimozhi & A Raja : Sir duniya 4G pe paunch gayi, aap abhi 2G pe hi atke ho.
Judge : Point hai, jao free... #2GScamVerdict