New Delhi: The CPI(M) Thursday demanded a CBI
probe into the role of P Chidambaram, who was the Finance Minister when the 2G spectrum allocation scam took place, in view of the "mounting evidence" against him.
Referring to the note submitted by the Finance Ministry
to the Prime Minister`s Office in March this year, the party
said it had "authoritatively" shown that Chidambaram had then
cleared the allotment of licences for 2G spectrum at the 2001
entry fee, "even though the Finance Secretary and his own
Ministry had pointed out the need for its revision".
It said that "evidence has also come to light that a meeting between the then Telecom Minister A Raja and
Chidambaram had taken place in January 2008 in which, according to the note prepared by the Finance Secretary, the
Finance Minister had stated that they are not going to
re-visit the issue of entry fee or revenue sharing".
The note had made "the pertinent observation that if the
Finance Ministry had stuck to its earlier stand, the licences
given could have been cancelled," CPI(M) Politburo said in a
In the light of "all this mounting evidence", the party
demanded a CBI investigation into the role of Chidambaram in
the 2G spectrum case.