Former Telecom Minister A Raja on Friday sought a review of the Supreme
Court verdict on cancellation of licenses for 2G spectrum saying it
violates the “principles of natural justice” and “judicial norms”
and that he was indicted without being heard. Raja contended that the
findings of the verdict against him are “bound to prejudice” his
defence in the trial of 2G spectrum allocation scam.
judgment of this court in as much as it condemns his action and inaction
as Telecom Minister in numerous places is in violation of the basic
principles of fair play and justice and affording a person an opportunity
of being heard before he is condemned,” Mr. Raja, who is in jail for
more than a year, said.
“Natural justice requires that if a
matter is decided against a person by a judicial or quasi-judicial body,
that person should be given an opportunity of being heard and a
pronouncement which condemns a person without hearing him would be void.
The judgement of the court in the present case has not observed these
principles of natural justice and judicial norms and fair play in
condemning him without hearing him or giving him an opportunity of being
heard,” he said.
While cancelling the licenses granted during
his tenure, the court had observed “the exercise undertaken by the
officers of the DoT between September, 2007, and March 2008, under the
leadership of the then Telecom Minister was wholly arbitrary, capricious
and contrary to public interest apart from being a violation of the
doctrine of equality.”
The DMK MP said he should not be
indicted by the apex court without being heard and contended he had an
explanation that “his actions were legal, proper and without favour.”
“The findings of illegalities and favour against him are bound to
prejudice his defence in the pending prosecution against him in the court
of Special CBI judge where he faces prosecution,” he said.