2G probe: BJP accuses Thomas of keeping CVC, CAG away

Dubbing the 2G spectrum scam as "maha Bofors", the BJP continued to target the government over the appointment of former telecom secretary P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 19:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Dubbing the 2G spectrum scam as
"maha Bofors", the BJP continued to target the government over
the appointment of former telecom secretary P J Thomas as
Central Vigilance Commissioner and said it was done to "cover
up" the irregularities in the allocation process.

Claiming to have "dug up" details about former Telecom
Secretary Thomas` role in keeping corruption watchdogs like
the CVC and Comptroller and Auditor General away from probe
into irregularities concerning the 2G spectrum allotment, the
main opposition party today circulated a document in this
regard to the media.

"The 2G spectrum allocation is a maha Bofors scam. This
note from Department of Telecommunication, prepared on August
12, 2010, raises a query before the law ministry in which they
are saying that spectrum allocation is a matter of policy and
as such, CAG and CVC have no role to play in the inquiry into
the 2G spectrum scam," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said.

He said the note moved from eight tables in just three
days. Everybody opined in favour of this note and and even the
law minister immediately complied with the "fraudulent" query
opining, "...in affirmative with the note as this is the
policy matter there is no role for CVC and CAG," he said.

Charging the UPA with "undermining" institutes like CAG
and CVC, Javdekar said the ruling party was using terms like
"policy matter" to "conveniently cover up" the 2G spectrum
scam and other issues.

Pointing out that Telecom Minister A Raja has time and
again in his defence claimed that he was working under the
guidance of the Prime Minister, Javdekar said, "He also made
the Prime Minister a co-accused in the worst scam".

"In the light of all this revelation, BJP would like to
know from the government that when it did not make money from
the 2G spectrum allocation as projected, then why did it
recently auction the 3G spectrum?" Javdekar said.

The BJP had yesterday boycotted the swearing-in ceremony
of Thomas and senior leader Sushma Swaraj met President
Pratibha Patil to protest against his appointment.

PTI

Vatican City: The Vatican newspaper says
Christians around the world are protesting a plan by an
American minister to burn the Quran on the Sep 11 anniversary.

"No one burns the Quran," read the headline in today`s
L`Osservatore Romano.

The article summarized criticism from Catholic bishops,
including Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha of Lahore,
Pakistan, who condemned the plan as "contrary to the respect
owed all religions and against our doctrine and faith."

Pastor Terry Jones of the small, evangelical Dove World
Outreach Center has said he will go ahead with plans to burn
copies of Islam`s holy book to protest the Sep 11 attacks,
despite a warning from the top US general in Afghanistan that
US troops would be endangered as a result.

PTI