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Armed with 5G, Oppn seeks answers

Alarmed with reports that CAG is investigating the loss of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore in the allotment of scarce S-band spectrum, the BJP and the Left on Monday asked Prime Minister to clear the air, initiate an inquiry and take steps to recover the lost revenue.

delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2011 23:33 IST
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Alarmed with reports that CAG is investigating the loss of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore in the allotment of scarce S-band spectrum, the BJP and the Left on Monday asked Prime Minister to clear the air, initiate an inquiry and take steps to recover the lost revenue.

Both the groups said the revelations had added a new dimension to the 2G spectrum scam.

"The spectrum we are talking about is 5G which relates to GHz. Recently, BSNL and MTNL were allotted only 20 MHz for Rs 12,487 crore. But for allocation of 70 MHz to this private operator, the government is charging only Rs 1,000 crore," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

"This whole affair is vitiated by fraud. And as a result, this country is facing not only loss of revenue but frittering away of valuable national asset which is a rare spectrum."

CPM Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said, "The ISRO is under the department of space which is under Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh). This is also a new scam."

CPI national secretary D Raja said the new revelations were "very serious" and the issue would be discussed among the four Left parties.

The Congress, however, refused to comment on the issue. When asked party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed fended off questions on the issue.