Bru says: I am posting this for your reading pleasure. I won't take responsibility for anyone imagining that this could happen in Malaysia ....
November 15, 2010 12:19 PM
India's Telecom Minister Resigns Amidst 2G Scam
NEW DELHI, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- India's Communication and Information Technology Minister A. Raja resigned from his post on Sunday night amidst the controversial 2G spectrum allocation scam.
The 47-year-old politician was forced to quit after opposition lawmakers demanded his resignation in parliament last week, forcing the house to be adjourned several times.
He was alleged to have been involved in corruption over the 2G spectrum allocation, given away at low prices to telecommunication operators, which had caused huge revenue losses to the Indian government.
Since the controversy surfaced, Raja defended his decisions saying they were done in accordance with the ministry's policies and that there were no irregularities.
"In order to avoid embarrassment to the government and maintain peace and harmony in parliament I have resigned.
"My conscience is clear and I have done nothing wrong," he told local media immediately after tendering his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence.
Raja comes from the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), headed by the charismatic M. Karunanidhi, the chief minister of the Tamil Nadu state in south India.