New Delhi: Backing the Prime Minister, Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that no evidence had come on record as of now to show that Manmohan Singh had made substantial changes in any procedures in spectrum licenses allocation.
In a statement today, Swamy also said that there was an attempt to drag in the Prime Minister in the 2G row.
However, according to a newspaper report, the PM had given in to pressure from former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran to let the issue of pricing of 2G spectrum remain with the Telecom Ministry.
The report was based on documents which were accessed through RTI by advocate Vivek Garg. The documents clearly stated that the PM was party to the decision which allowed the Telecom Ministry to take a call on the pricing of 2G spectrum.
And based on that decision, A Raja as telecom minister allocated the 2G spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices, giving birth to the country’s biggest scam, it was reported.
The revelations have come at a time when the UPA is battling to put forward a brave face, in the wake of emergence of a Finance Ministry note to PMO which stated that P Chidambaram, as the then finance minister, could have prevented the scam by putting his foot down on the price of 2G spectrum.
Meanwhile, the BJP has trained guns on the PM seeking explanation from him on his role in diluting the terms of reference of GoM.
Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that PM owes an explanation to the nation as it is a matter of his complicity in the scam.
First Published: Saturday, September 24, 2011, 22:10