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2G verdict: All accused acquitted

2G verdict: All accused acquitted
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The Congress and the DMK on Thursday claimed vindication after a special court acquitted all the accused in the alleged 2G scam while the BJP insisted...

New Delhi: The Congress and the DMK on Thursday claimed vindication after a special court acquitted all the accused in the alleged 2G scam while the BJP insisted that the 2G spectrum allotment was "arbitrary, faulty and corrupt" and that the next course of action would be decided by the investigating agencies.

In his first comments after being acquitted in the 2G case, former Telecom Minister A Raja said he stood vindicated as accusations that he took Rs 200 crore bribe to allocate lucrative radio wave spectrum in 2008 were false.

Raja, who was jailed for 15 months for his alleged wrongdoing, alleged that "vested interests manipulated public perception by leveraging the media and sensationalising fabricated allegations" against him.

DMK MP Kanimozhi said it was a big day for her party as "justice has prevailed". BJP leader and Communications Minister Manoj Sinha, however, said the 2G spectrum allotment was arbitrary, faulty and corrupt and that the next course of action on the 2G issue would be decided by the investigating agencies. "The government does not want to comment anything on the court decision now.

Investigating agencies will take further decision. The government will ponder on it after that," Sinha said. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the BJP had been exposed as it "tried to insult the country and came to power by doing business out of false allegations". "The lies have been exposed and BJP's conspiracy to defame the Congress party has been exposed.

It is a victory of truth," Surjewala said. Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram said it was clear that "the allegation of a major scam involving the highest levels of government was never true, was not correct and that is being established today". Renowned lawyer and Swaraj Abhiyan founder Prashant Bhushan called the acquittal of all 2G scam accused "grossly wrong" and said it sent a signal that influential people are not accountable in the country's judicial system.

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