Only govt can respond to CBI raids over spectrum issue: Cong
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Last Updated: Monday, October 26, 2009, 20:06
New Delhi: In the backdrop of CBI raids in the offices of the Telecommunication ministry, Congress on Monday said the party was for transparency in public life and has a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption.

"As far as Congress is concerned, we are for transparency in public life. We have a policy of zero tolerance towards corruption," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.

Asked about the spectrum issue and the CBI raids, he said this was for the government to respond as it had the relevant facts.

To a query whether action should be taken against Telecom Minister Raja, Ahmed said his name does not figure anywhere as raids were against some officials.

On the BJP attack on the government on the issue, he said the party wants to take political mileage even if nothing has happened. "The party whose national President was shown on TV accepting money talks of corruption. We can only laugh at it...," Ahmed added.

Asked if Raja should resign on his own, the spokesman said if a specific name comes up, the person concerned should do what someone in public life does.

To a question whether the image of the UPA has been sullied after the raids, he said these are mere allegations.

When recalled that he had served a minister of state in telecommunications ministry in the previous government, Ahmed said as a minister he never dealt with the issue of spectrum.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 26, 2009, 20:06

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