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Chidambaram indignant about PAC allegations

delhi Updated: Apr 27, 2011 22:09 IST

Home minister P Chidambaram is said to be "indignant" about the carping observations made against him in the draft report of the PAC on 2G spectrum scam.

Sources close to the minister said if he had to be criticised then he should have been called by the PAC or at least issued a questionnaire but not criticised ex-parte.

The draft report circulated by PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi has attacked the then finance minister Chidambaram for recommending to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to "treat the matter as closed" instead of taking action against those responsible for loss to the exchequer in the allocation of spectrum.

Sources said the minister wanted to know when, where and to whom he had made such a plea.

Chidambaram had only referred to spectrum entry fee and not about spectrum charges, the sources said adding Joshi does not know the difference between the entry fee, spectrum usage charges and revenue share at license fee.

While the allegation was on entry fee of Rs 1650 crore, Chidambaram's note of January 1, 2008 was on spectrum usage charges, especially for additional spectrum over and above start-up spectrum.

The sources feel the draft report was "pre-written" since it mentioned that Attorney General, Cabinet Secretary, Prinicpal Secretary to PM and CBI director deposed before the PAC on April 15-16.

They said Joshi "discovered" what CAG and justice Shivraj Patil did not.