New Delhi: The BJP may have fought to steer clear of the 2G taint but if news reports are to go by then the party will have plenty to explain on the telecom policy employed by the NDA government.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will soon file a chargesheet against three private telecom companies —Bharti Airtel, Hutchison Essar (now Vodafone) and Sterling Cellular— over alleged irregularities in the allocation of telecom spectrum, a report claimed on Wednesday.
As per the Indian Express report, the agency will also name late BJP stalwart Pramod Mahajan in a separate column of the chargesheet for his alleged role over the irregularities in allocation of additional 2G spectrum to these companies during his tenure as the telecom minister (in the NDA government between 2001 and 2003).
Besides Mahajan, retired government officials - former telecom secretary Shyamal Ghosh and former director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited J R Gupta would figure in the CBI chargesheet.
Meanwhile, after nearly 19 months of its preliminary enquiry into telecom spectrum allocation during 2001-07, the CBI yesterday closed the probe pertaining to the period when Arun Shourie was the telecom minister.
CBI sources said the documents related to tenure of Shourie and his examination during the probe has not revealed any irregularity.
The agency has found in its probe that during his tenure the licences were mostly given to non-attractive regions like northeast, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir.
With Agency Inputs