28 July, 2021

‘Legally Sound, Rational, Well-Reasoned’

The Tata letter praising A. Raja raises more questions

‘Legally Sound, Rational, Well-Reasoned’

Twice in the last three years, once in November 2008 and again in November 2010, Outlook reported Ratan Tata’s famous hand-written letter to DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, praising A. Raja’s “rational, fair and action-oriented leadership”. Now, 10 days after the former telecom minister was arrested in the 2G scam, the 74-year-old Tata Group chief’s personal letter is out in the open.

Tata’s letter, dated November 13, 2007, hand-delivered by the lobbyist Niira Radia, came just months after Raja had taken over the portfolio from MK’s grand-nephew, Dayanidhi Maran, who paid the price for the falling out within Tamil Nadu’s ruling family. And it came against the backdrop of reports that the Sun TV group, owned by Maran’s brother Kalanidhi, was arm-twisting the Tatas on its DTH project.

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