Kapil Sibal who had succeeded A Raja as the telecom minister and claimed that the spectrum allocation had caused 'zero loss' said, "I had always maintained that this was no scam. It was a scam by former CAG Vinod Rai. We stand vindicated.... The telecom sector is in dire straits thanks to Vinod Rai and then leaders of opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha."
Congress leader Manish Tewari says Vinod Rai should apologise to the nation. Veerappa Moily adds that Vinod Rai should now quit "all posts given by the government".
A Raja's family who were at court were in tears after the judgment was pronounced. Judge OP Saini did not read out the judgement in its entirety because many of the accused could not even enter the court since there ere so many people outside court; a guesstimate puts the figure at 2000 people, mostly DMK supporters.
Image: Kanimozhi outside the Patiala House Court with her husband (in the yellow shirt).
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