May 152012

New Delhi:Former telecom minister A Raja was jailed in February 2011. Raja was granted bail by a Delhi court in the 2G spectrum case on a personal bond of  Rs. 20 lakh and two sureties of like amount.

After granting his bail earlier in the day in the 2G spectrum allocation case, Raja walked out of the Tihar jail on today evening .

To a specific question on whether Congress will also support Raja as its ally DMK has done, Alvi said, “There is no question of supporting or opposing anyone when a case is pending before the court” but added “DMK is our ally”.

Welcoming the decision of the court, DMK leader Tiruchi Siva said, “We welcome the court’s verdict and are hopeful that he will come out and prove his innocence.”

The bail to A Raja in 2G scam today evoked a guarded response from Congress even as ally DMK hailed the development and hoped the former telecom minister would prove his innocence.

Meanwhile, reacting to Raja’s bail, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said the case appeared to be getting “diluted”.

“I am hearing from you only now. It definitely looks as though it is getting diluted,” she said in reply to a question from reporters on Raja’s bail.

“It is not a question of Congress being happy or unhappy… We have never intervened in proceedings of a case pending in a court… We do not comment on issues pending before the court… If the court has given bail to Raja, we respect that,” party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said replying to a host of questions on the issue.

Asked if Raja would attend Parliament or do party work, Siva said he will take part in the activities as per the conditions laid down by the court for his bail.


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