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Published: 02nd February 2016 04:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2016 04:22 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Shared Details of 2G Allocations with Manmohan: Raja  

Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Monday told a special court that all decisions taken by him regarding 2G spectrum allocation were unanimous and he had shared the details with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet colleagues, at all crucial stages.

Initiating his final arguments in 2G spectrum allocation case in which Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and 15 others are facing trial, the DMK leader said that no departures were ever made from the proposal of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

“Every decision A Raja had taken were all proposals of department and all the decisions were unanimous. All decisions were in the exact fashion as they were set out in the file notings. No departures were ever made,” advocate Manu Sharma said. He also said that the concurrence of the then External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and then Solicitor General G E Vahanvati were also taken. Meanwhile, a special court has fixed March 4 for pronouncing its order on framing of charges in a coal scam case in which the CBI charge-sheeted industrialist Naveen Jindal, former MoS Dasari Narayan Rao and 13 others.  

Jamia Prof Sees Threat to Life, Complains Police     

Claiming threat to his life, a professor at the Jamia Milila Islamia University approached the police on Monday as his office was vandalised by staff members after he had sent a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee alleging irregularities in the varsity. Obaid Siddiqui, professor at the Mass Communication Centre, had sent a petition to the President objecting to the move to introduce 5 per cent seats for wards of Jamia employees. The Delhi High Court had quashed a similar arrangement in 1997. Siddiqui said, “The current Vice-Chancellor (Talat Ahmed) is destroying the college. Now the V-C wants to stifle my voice by these acts. He is directly responsible for this.” Jamia authorities rubbished the allegations of threat as “baseless” and maintained that it was “improper” of him having petitioned the President without approaching the university administration.  

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