2G case: Raja opposes CBI fresh plea

New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister A Raja today opposed in a Delhi court the fresh plea of CBI seeking framing of a charge for criminal breach of trust in the 2G spectrum allocation case against 17 accused, saying it was an attempt to keep him in jail.

"Only purpose is to hold the accused in custody till the time CBI can. Otherwise the case is busted and there is nothing in the application," senior advocate Sushil Kumar, appearing for the DMK leader, told Special CBI Judge O P Saini. Terming CBI`s application as `malafide, Kumar said Raja did not commit any offence and it was filed at a `belated` stage as the provision provides for life imprisonment.

Initially, the accused have been charged under provisions, which entail 7 years jail as maximum sentence, he said, adding that CBI has moved the plea as it wanted to keep them in jail. Kumar said the roles of Raja and then Finance Minister P Chidambaram were identical in the case. "I am not saying P Chidambaram is guilty. Both of us are innocent. Whole country is saying Chidambaram is innocent then how can I be held guilty.

"The documents are self explanatory. All the decisions were taken in public interest and something has gone wrong somewhere and then the CBI needed a scape goat and made Raja an accused," Kumar said.