The BJP on Friday demanded that the role of Union home minister P. Chidambaram be investigated in connection with the 2G spectrum scam.
A party delegation, led by BJP MP and spokesperson Prakash Javdekar, met CBI director A.P. Singh on Friday afternoon to assert that the finance ministry, under P. Chidambaram in 2008, was “equally responsible” for the scam in the allotment of the spectrum.
The CAG has reported that rules and procedures were flouted while issuing the licences, which cost the government Rs 1.76 lakh crore. The actual loss can be assessed only after collecting the documents of the companies concerned for resale of their shares.
“The process of resale of their shares was executed with the consent of the then finance ministry. It is an important matter of investigation which hasn’t been probed so far,” the BJP delegation’s letter to the CBI director stated.
“It seems surprising that the CBI has not investigated into the role of P. Chidambaram, who was the finance minister at the time and whose role was no less significant in the scam. This is in spite of the fact that Chidambaram disregarded the repeated suggestion of the senior officers of the finance ministry that the value of the 2G spectrum – being a precious national resource – must be determined through a proper market mechanism and auction,” the BJP letter added.
The main Opposition party made a reference to an office noting dated November 5, 2008, obtained through the RTI which shows that former telecom minister A. Raja had communicated to the then finance minister about the sale of licence and selling of stake by promoters to the second party for money.
“Given all the facts,” the BJP stated, “Chidambaram’s role should be investigated and the CBI should also interrogate him to unravel the truth.”