The Pioneer reports that former telecom minister A Raja’s tell-all book about the 2G scam has been shelved in the face of renewed relations between the Congress and the DMK.
The book, titled “In My Defence”, has been eagerly anticipated ever since it was announced in the 2015 catalogue of Penguin India, where it was described as, “honest, hard-hitting and with no holds barred, an important and utterly absorbing book”.
It was to be a detailed exposition of the scam-tainted minister’s side of the story, “defending his decision regarding 2G allotments, drawing a revelatory picture of the corridors of power and the pressures he faced from big business, the government and the bureaucracy, and of his time in jail.”
According to The Pioneer, the book was to be released by the end of the year, after final arguments in the 2G case are completed.
In interviews given after his 15-month stay in Tihar jail, Raja had promised that the book would contain explosive revelations. "I am writing a book to be published by Penguin, but it is not just about my days in jail. It will talk about why I was put there and how I was charged with corruption as I had allegedly abused power. The truth is that I waged a war against monopoly, cartelization and surreptitious exploitation of a natural source. I am not the only person who was charged for a crime I did not commit. I was charged because I stopped the telecom monopoly from committing fraud and crime. Truth will prevail. History will absolve me," he said in an interview to India Legal, parts of which were published in DNA.
The Pioneer said that the book’s release had become common knowledge, and was even discussed in court arguments. However, after the Congress-DMK alliance for the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls was sealed earlier this year, Raja was reportedly summoned by the DMK leadership and told to give up any plans of releasing the book.
Raja met party leaders again in June to convince them to change their minds about the memoir, but the latter were not willing to risk embarrassment to their alliance partner, said The Pioneer.