The CAG had said 2G licenses were issued to telecom operators at throwaway prices causing a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. It said licences were issued to ineligible applicants who had deliberately suppressed facts, disclosed incomplete information, submitted fictitious documents and used fraudulent means to get access to spectrum.
Who said what:
Subramanian Swamy:"Govt must prove its bonafides by filing an immediate appeal in High Court. Congis and Allies celebrated JJ HC acquittal. Then in SC got deflated. Same will be here."
Shashi Tharoor, Congress: "Clearly the Court found that innocent people have been wronged. Justice has worked as it is supposed to work in our country"
Kapil Sibal: "Manmohan Singh and the UPA government stand vindicated today. They (the BJP) must apologise as they attacked the (then) Prime Minister, and the Congress in the Lok Sabha as well as in Rajya Sabha. Today's verdict clears the government position as vindicated."
Arun Jaitley: "This was a corrupt and dishonest policy, which has already been upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012. Congress leaders are treating this judgement as some kind of a badge of honor and a certification that it was an honest policy."
Twitter reacts to the 2G scam verdict:
BJP in Blunderland. No scam. No 2G. No crime. 2019 at huuuuge risk. God save the Indians.— R. Balakrishnan (@BalakrishnanR) 21 December 2017
2G verdict shocker strengthens my belief that the CBI is a third-rate investigative agency. Excellent at political hit-jobs. Pathetic at financial investigations. Thoroughly incompetent. Unable to prove cases despite clearly established malafides. Sham.— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) 21 December 2017
Let me put a massive fact out. The orignal auditor for 2G was the Late Mr Singh . He had in the orignal report put the loss on acct of inflation to 2000crores . Thats it! The report was changed by Vinod Rai. I had taken Mr Singh to all news channels . His voice was drowned .— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) 21 December 2017