Advani demands serious probe into PC's role in 2G scam
Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday alleged elaborate attempts at a cover-up in 2G scam and demanded "serious investigation" to ascertain the role of the then finance minister P Chidambaram in spectrum allocations.india Updated: Oct 23, 2011 19:58 IST
Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday alleged elaborate attempts at a cover-up in 2G scam and demanded "serious investigation" to ascertain the role of the then finance minister P Chidambaram in spectrum allocations.
Currently on a Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption, Advani also questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's integrity and leadership alleging that his government had "no capacity left to respond to" multi-crore scams that took place "under his nose and, from all accounts in his knowledge".
His comments came in the wake of a Delhi court framing charges yesterday against all the 17 accused in the 2G scam including former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and corporate honchos.
"While the framing of charges of fraud against a former minister, several officials, an MP and functionaries of companies that allegedly benefitted from the scam is welcome, I believe the probe has left some important facets out of its ambit," Advani said in a statement here.
"Despite elaborate attempts at a cover-up, the role of former finance minister and incumbent home minister, P Chidambaram, clearly merits serious investigation," he said.
The BJP leader said what prompted the Finance Ministry to change its stated position on auctioning scarce spectrum "remains an abiding mystery."
"Why did Chidambaram concur with A Raja's decision to allot spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices, days after giving an opinion to the contrary?," he asked.
"I demand that the Supreme Court-directed investigation into the 2G Spectrum scam must be extended to probing his role and that of officials of the Finance Ministry of the time," Advani said.
First Published: Oct 23, 2011 19:15 IST