One week has passed since the shocking trial court’s judgment in the 2G scam, acquitting all the accused. Anybody with a little bit of common sense would admit that it is a bad judgment of Himalayan proportions. What was more shocking was seeing the former Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, a Modi Government appointee, showing up on Television channels welcoming the controversial judgment. Yes, he did represent many of the 2G accused before he became the AG but the optics of it did not go down well with the viewing public.
Didn’t TIME magazine call 2G scam as the biggest scandal after the Watergate?
Who recommended Rohatgi for AG?
It is an open secret that Mukul Rohatgi is a buddy of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and it was he who recommended Rohatgi as AG in May 2014. Though the Prime Minister did not want him, it is reliably learnt that Jaitley convinced him to appoint Rohatgi as the AG. Before he was AG, Rohatgi was the advocate of all the scamsters during the UPA regime. From 2G trial court to the Supreme Court he represented accused Shahid Balwa and Anil Ambani’s Reliance Telecom companies as well as the accused staffers. Along with Harish Salve, Rohatgi was also present in trial court during the cross examination of Anil Ambani and his wife, exercising his vocal chords to the maximum. The then Special Prosecutor UU Lalit had to declare Anil Ambani and his wife as hostile witnesses.
Worse, on the morning of May 28, 2014, Rohatgi himself broke the news that Modi Government offered him the post of AG and that he had decided to accept the post. But ignoring ethics, on the same afternoon Rohatgi appeared in the 2G trial court for the accused Shahid Balwa against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). What sort of a message would that have conveyed to the public, when the PM had just thundered Na Khaunga, Na Khaane doonga?
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was right in criticising the Modi Government for appointing a person representing the 2G accused as the Attorney General of India. Didn’t TIME magazine call 2G scam as the biggest scandal after the Watergate?
New Sheriff in town
At last Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a bold decision to change Rohatgi and appointed a veteran and respected lawyer KK Venugopal as the AG in mid-2017. PM’s action came after PGurus’s exposé on Rohatgi flying to Dubai with a smuggling case accused Rajeev Agarwal and the confirmation of the same by the Intelligence Bureau to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Morning walks in the Lodi Gardens
For the past two decades, Rohatgi and many lawyers can be seen in the Lodi Gardens, walking along with the current Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It is a fact that many of them consider Jaitley to be their mentor/ philosopher/ guide. It is also a well known fact that Rohatgi and all these morning walkers are also close to Congress leader P Chidambaram.
Being a very senior minister of the Modi Government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley owes an answer to the nation, whether he admonished Rohatgi for his statement supporting the controversial 2G Scam judgment.
Mr. Jaitley, you owe it to the Prime Minister for making you a Cabinet Minister, despite losing in Lok Sabha elections by a margin of over 1.6 lakh votes from Amritsar in 2014, when majority of the BJP candidates won. Your actions are causing a lot of concern that you are providing escape routes to the corrupt. If not, why Enforcement Directorate (ED) under you is not arresting most corrupt and your good friend Chidambaram and son Karti?
Mr. Jaitley, in the table below, I have summarized all the questions that PGurus has been asking of you in a table. Hope you can find the time to answer them.
 CBI declares Anil Ambani hostile witness in the 2G case – Dec 20, 2014, Firstpost.com
 Mukul Rohatgi appeared for 2G case accused after accepting to be the AG – Dec 25, 2017, PGurus.com
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