2G: Raja-Chidambaram letters to be shared
India Blooms News Service
New Delhi, Nov 8 (IBNS): Correspondence between Home Minister P Chidamabarm, who was then Finance Minister, and jailed ex-Telecoms Minister A Raja, over the 2G spectrum scandal, would be shared with a petitioner seeking them, media reports said.
The letters could spell more trouble from Chidambaram, one of the foremost leaders of the ruling Congress party who has found his role in the scam being questioned before and some have even asked for a specific investigation.
Judge O P Saini, who is hearing the 2G case in a special court, has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to provide to Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy a copy of all the correspondence between Chidambaram and Raja over two companies charged in the scandal.
Last month, the Supreme Court, after hearing a petition from Swamy, had reserved its order on whether Chidambaram's role as former finance minister in 2008 would be probed in the 2G scam.
Chidambaram's role was under scrutiny in the scam once again after a controversial finance ministry note okayed by Pranab Mukherjee had said that Chidambaram could have prevented the scam if he had acted as the then finance minister in 2008 to stop former telecom minister A Raja from issuing 2G licences at throwaway prices.
Moments after the statement was made, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed it and said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) must probe Chidambaram into the 2G scam.
Pranab Mukherjee later said the note was not his opinion on the matter.
The Prime Minister had rejected the opposition’s demand for Chidambaram’s resignation, saying that he would defend his cabinet colleagues on the 2G spectrum scandal.