New Delhi: Former Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi on Thurdsay hit back at senior BJP leader and MP Subramanian Swamy accusing him of levelling "wild allegations" against anyone without proof.
"He is in the habit of making wild and false allegations" Rohatgi said hours after a Special Court on Thursday acquitted 19 accused, including Former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi in the Enforcement Directorate's money laundering case infamously known as 2G Scam.
It was alleged that 2G spectrum was allotted to mobile companies at below market prices causing huge losses to the government when Raja was the communications minister. He had to resign last month due to the scandal that DMK leaders admit has embarrassed the party.
Some media headlines came with the figure. "Loos to the Nation - Rs.176,000,000,000,0 - A Raja deprived government of this much money in 2G Spectrum allocation", a leading English daily had said citing CAG report.
The now in power Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was at the forefront in attacking the then UPA government.
The allegation of scam had put so much pressure on the UPA government that even then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee expressing his willingness to appear before it on the issue.
To directly drag the Congress in the case, Subramanian Swamy had approached the court for making Chidambaram a co-accused in the case. Swamy, while deposing against Chidambaram before the court had said that former communications minister A. Raja committed irregularities in connivance with Chidambaram in alloting the licenses.
The entire scam theory however collapsed today and the verdict shamed those who were "counting zeroes", in their rallies, speeches and newspapers to malign the image of Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the earstwhile UPA government.
"There was a scam only in Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai's mind", Kapil Sibal, who took over the charge of Telecom Ministry after Raja resigned, said.
In his reaction to the court verdict, Rohatgi had said that the 2G case was a civil issue and was never an issue of criminality. While hailing the court verdict, the former AG had also said that those accused involved in the case had ‘suffered enough.’
Swamy had then slammed Rohatgi for welcoming the CBI Court verdict and said the former Attorney General had appeared for some of the "accused companies".
Swamy also said that he had written to the Prime Minister against Rohatgi's appointment as AG.
Hitting back at Swamy, Rohtagi said, "I had appeared for some of these people at the time of grant of bail in SC, in 2012. After, I became AG, I had nothing to do with the case. To make personal allegations is meaningless".