New Delhi: Welcoming Supreme Court’s decision to monitoring the investigation in 1.76 lakh crore 2G spectrum allocation scam, Congress on Thursday said it has nothing to hide on the issue.
Addressing a press conference here, Congress leader and Union Telecommunication Minister Kapil Sibal said, “We are not adverse to SC monitoring the probe as government has nothing to hide on the issue.”
He added that, “Since CBI will directly report to the Supreme Court, the public will have more faith in the investigation. With this arrangement, executive is no longer involved in the investigation.”
Once again rejecting the opposition’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe, Sibal said, “SC’s monitoring the probe will solve the purpose as even a JPC would have recommended the same. Government is trying to expedite the probe but by demanding a JPC, opposition wants to delay it.”
Expressing happiness over the extension of probe ambit till 2001, Sibal alleged that opposition only wants to do politics by forming a JPC and are not serious about the investigation.
Earlier in the day, another Congress leader and Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said
the government has nothing to hide on the issue.
"This is what our government had said (in the Supreme Court)...we have nothing to hide. That`s why we wanted the Supreme Court to monitor the CBI investigation," he told reporters.
He said he was happy that the apex court has agreed to the government`s request to monitor the probe.
The Supreme Court has widened the investigation in the case by bringing in its ambit the telecom policy from 2001 to 2008 covering both the NDA and the UPA regimes.
A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and AK Ganguly made it clear that the emphasis of the investigation would be to determine the loss of money to the public exchequer and a progress report on the probe has to be filed by the CBI and ED in a sealed cover on the next date of hearing on February 10, 2011.