2G: Govt backs PC, says CBI gave him clean chit
Defending home minister P Chidambaram, the government on Saturday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) too had found nothing wrong with his conduct during his tenure as finance minister. HT reports. Setting the record straightdelhi Updated: Dec 11, 2011 01:59 IST
Defending home minister P Chidambaram, the government on Saturday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) too had found nothing wrong with his conduct during his tenure as finance minister.
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal trashed Janata Party chief Subramaniam Swamy's charges that Chidambaram had a role in fixing the entry fee for new players as finance minister and hence should be prosecuted in the 2G spectrum scam.
"The CBI has submitted in the Supreme Court that it had looked into the matter thoroughly, recorded the statement of the then finance secretary, and come to the conclusion that no official of the finance ministry, including the then finance minister, had committed any irregularity or misconduct," Sibal said at a press conference.
On acceptance of Swamy's petition by a special CBI court in connection with the 2G case, he said the magistrate was only following the law.
"It is wrong for a section of the media to paint this as a victory for Swamy. Anybody who knows a little bit of law will understand this is standard court procedure."
The court order had led to brief adjournment of Parliament on Thursday with the opposition demanding Chidambaram's resignation and a probe.
Without naming Swamy, Sibal accused the National Democratic Alliance and some individuals of making an attempt to "malign and defame" Chidambaram.
"The government is concerned that the public arena is being converted into a forum for public trial of allegations and counter-allegations, many of which have no relation to facts... the matter must be put in perspective and the incontrovertible facts brought on record."
The BJP, however, dismissed the clarification. Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad renewed his party's demand for probing Chidambaram's role, alleging that he had not taken appropriate steps to ensure auction of spectrum in an "honest and transparent" manner.