October 10, 2011

2G SCAM: "Orders reserved, and we are on a roll !!"


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on the plea for a probe into the alleged role of home minister P Chidambaram in the 2G scam after a spirited defence of him from Government and the CBI, both of which maintained that no case has been made out against him.

They said that Chidambaram, who was finance minister at the time of allotment of spectrum, was not in direct communication with the then telecom minister A Raja in determining the price of the radio waves.

"The records show that there was no meeting between Raja and Chidambaram throughout this period and before January 10, 2008 and that all the discussion papers were seen and routed through the finance secretary to the finance minister and all the correspondence was seen and routed through the finance secretary," the Centre submiited before a bench of justices GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly.

However, the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy refuted the claims of the CBI and the Centre that Chidambaram was not in the picture till January, 10, 2008 when the department of telecommunication (DoT) headed by Raja issued 122 Letters of Intent (LoIs) to telecom companies without following the policy of auction.

The Bench also reserved its order on the plea of setting up a committee like Special Investigating Team (SIT) to monitor the probe in the case.

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