It is time to learn from mistakes in the past: Sibal on 2G scam
New Delhi: Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday admitted that a few mistakes had been made with regard to the allocation of 2G Spectrum, but added that it is time to learn from such mistakes so that they are not repeated in the future.
Commenting on the Joint Parliamentary Committee report on the 2G scam, a draft copy of which was leaked, Sibal said that he remembered how the media speculated when the JPC report wasn''t revealed. "I believe that till the report is not discussed in Parliament, it will not be correct to start a new argument and start its discussion in the public domain," the minister said.
He appealed for patience from all sections of society, including the opposition, which he said is habitual of raising a new issue everyday. Earlier, the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigating the 2G spectrum scam has pinned the blame on former telecom minister A.Raja and exonerated both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
According to media reports, a leaked draft report of the committee says Raja had tweaked the rules to award mobile permits to a few chosen companies, and that the prime minister and finance minister were not informed about the changes.
"The committee is inclined to conclude that the prime minister was misled about the procedure decided to be followed by the Department of Telecommunications. Further, the assurance given by the minister of communications and information technology in all his correspondence with the prime minister to maintain full transparency in following established rules and procedures of the department stood belied," the draft report said.
The report also contradicts the national auditor''s claim that Raja''s scam-tainted licence allocation process in 2008 had caused a loss of 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. The report extensively criticises the methods adopted by the CAG, including its use of 3G auction figures (the auction was carried out in 2010) to compute the so-called presumptive loss in 2008.