2 g case: Raja pleads to bring Chidambaram as a witness

New Delhi, July 26: Former Telecom Minister A Raja today requested the Apex to bring the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram as a witness in the 2G spectrum case and also said he has not sought to implicate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Home Minister in the matter.

The 47-year-old DMK MP, who is behind bars for nearly six months, also sought his “forthwith release” terming his judicial custody as an “illegal detention.”

Raja’s counsel Sushil Kumar made the submissions before Special Judge O P Saini while opposing the framing of corruption and other penal charges against him for his alleged role in the scam on the second day of arguments.

Seeking a direction to CBI to make Chidambaram a witness in the case, Raja said the former Finance Minister was privy to the matter relating to dilution of equities by Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless to foreign firms, Etisalat and Telenor, respectively.

Raja clarified that his statement yesterday about Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram being aware of the dilution of shares by telcom firms did not amount to making any allegation against them.

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