Out on bail, Raja attends Parliament

Last Updated: Wed, May 16, 2012 13:51 hrs

Former Telecom Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader A Raja, who was granted bail on Tuesday by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the 2G spectrum scam case, went to the Parliament on Wednesday.

Raja languished in the Tihar jail for the past 15 months in the 2G spectrum scam case before he was granted bail on Tuesday.

Granting bail to the DMK leader, the court said Raja cannot leave Delhi without its permission.

Amid celebrations in the DMK camp with the bursting of crackers, Raja walked out free from Tihar Jail Tuesday evening after furnishing two sureties of Rs 20 lakh each.

He is the last accused to get bail in the 2G case.

The court on Friday last had reserved its judgement till May 15.

Raja, who was arrested in 2011 for his alleged role in the scam, had applied for bail in the court on May 9.

Touted to be the biggest corruption scandal of independent India, the 2G scam, allegedly masterminded by Raja, pertains to a biased distribution of mobile airwaves and operating licenses, in lieu of kickbacks, to telcos that could have cost the treasury up to Rs 1.76 lakh crore in lost revenue, according to the government´s auditors CAG.

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