Jaya steps up attack on Raja on spectrum issue
Days after calling for dropping union IT Minister A Raja over alleged spectrum scandal, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa has released "documents", which she said showed the "dubious manner" in which 2-G spectrum was alloted.business Updated: Nov 22, 2009 14:16 IST
Days after calling for dropping union IT Minister A Raja over alleged spectrum scandal, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa has released "documents", which she said showed the "dubious manner" in which 2-G spectrum was alloted.
In a statement in Chennai, Jayalatitha said she was releasing the documents after "friends from the media" called her up to find out whether the documents she cited in her recent open letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the alleged scam, were available with her.
Among others, Jayalalithaa has released copies of letters by Singh and Raja and purported file notings of the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the spectrum allocation issue.
She furnished a copy of a letter dated November 2, 2007, from Singh to Raja and said he had cited "issues raised in the media on allocation of spectrum," stressing "the need to ensure fairness and transparency."
"The letter also insists that the Prime Minister should be kept informed before any further action is taken in this regard," Jayalalithaa said in the statement late last night.
She also released a copy of a letter, dated November 15, 2008 purportedly from CVC secretary K S Ramasubban to Department of Telecom secretary Siddhartha Bohura, indicating that "all was not well with regard to the Spectrum allocation policy of the Telecom Ministry" and intimating the CVC's displeasure over the reply furnished by the Department to certain specific queries raised by CVC.
Jayalalithaa also said the Union Law Ministry had called for the issue to be considered by an "empowered group of ministers in view of the importance of the case".
She said Raja had written to the prime minister that he intended to continue with the controversial policy of "first-come-first-served" for the allocation of Spectrum.
"These documents clearly show Raja had acted in a dubious manner in allocation of 2-G Spectrum. These and much more have been seized by the CBI during its raids," she said.
She also charged the prime minister with maintaining a "monumental silence for reasons best known to him".