It is the year of the lord, 2011, but it is still not too late to claim credit for the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
Nearly a week after the disgraced telecom minister A. Raja was arrested, marking the end of the beginning of the scam, today’s Indian Express carries a five-ad campaign saluting its sister business daily, The Financial Express, for its role in busting the scandal that takes a new dimension every single day.
Using headlines from pieces carried by it in the October 2009 to November 2010 period, the low-circulation FE proclaims its punchline: “It pays to know before those in the know”.
Two FE reporters— associate editor Rishi Raj and senior special correspondent Anandita Sigh Manhotia—get their spot under the sun for the stories, as indeed does FE managing editor M.K. Venu for an opinion piece.
# 2009: The Financial Express exposes the 2G scam
# October 24, 2009: “DoT deviated from TRAI’s notes and cherry-picked its counsel”
# October 26, 2009: “Raja faced objections from then DoT secy Mathur”
# November 6, 2009: “CBI now exposes procedural lapse by telecom dept”
# November 9 and 12, 2009: “Raja tweaked norms to help Swan, Unitech”; “Spectrum of Raja’s innocence”
# November 16, 2010: CAG indictment nails Raja’s lies
Those who came in late will be pleased to know that (so far), The Pioneer, The Times of India, CNN-IBN and Times Now have put their hands up.
Mail Today had crowned Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy and rediff.com chose the (BJP-aligned) member of Parliament, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, for exposing the scam that now seems to have reached outer space with the S-band scam reported by The Hindu and its business daily, Business Line.
Image: courtesy The Indian Express