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Shourie says BJP too ignoring scam

Former telecom minister and BJP leader Arun Shourie claimed that he had told top party leaders like Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley about the 2G scam, just as he had told the Prime Minister. But, he said, his colleagues completely ignored his information. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Feb 13, 2011 13:06 IST

Former telecom minister and BJP leader Arun Shourie claimed that he had told top party leaders like Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley about the 2G scam, just as he had told the Prime Minister. But, he said, his colleagues completely ignored his information. He said they were not interested in cornering the government on the 2G scam issue due to ‘vested interests’ and that only AIADMK MPs were chasing the scam seriously.

Shourie made these claims on Karan Thapar’s television show on CNN-IBN channel.

He said, “I don’t want to talk about BJP’s internal meeting but it is certainly my assessment that they were not interested in following these things.” He added that he wouldn’t like to make it a BJP-versus-him slug match. “But it is evident. And many of these people have had these very chaps as their clients, both on Kapil Sibal’s side and other sides.” The BJP refused to comment on Shourie's remarks.

Shourie also said he told the PM that he had all the details of the front companies of sacked telecom minister A Raja and was promised a meeting with the PM’s principal secretary, but no call came. He said this was in August or September 2009.

He also claimed that he gave then CBI director papers and the name of the whistleblower bureaucrat, who was contacted by the agency.

The investigating officer, however, was moved out soon after. Shourie said the whistleblower, who had all the details of the scam, was now facing death threats.