New Delhi: Amid growing attack on Telecom
Minister A Raja over alleged scam in spectrum allocation,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to take a decision
on his continuance in the Union Cabinet after his return from
Seoul on Friday, highly placed sources said today.
The sources indicated that the government is under
intense pressure to remove Raja as he has been directly held
responsible for the alleged scam by Comptroller and Auditor
"Holding a Cabinet Minister directly responsible for any
scam is rare. In such a circumstance, it is difficult for any
government to retain the Minister," a source said.
A decision on his continuance in the Cabinet is expected
be taken after the return of the Prime Minister from G-20
Summit in Seoul on Friday, the sources said.
The CAG has said it has submitted to the government the
report on the 2G spectrum allotment that may have caused a
loss of over Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.
Sources in the know say that the CAG has accused the
Telecom Ministry for undervaluing 2G spectrum, sold to new
players in 2008, and held that the allotment price was not
realistic, which has caused a revenue loss of Rs 1,76,700
crore to the government.
The sources said Raja has been accused of ignoring the advice of the finance and law ministries, as also the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India while allocating the spectrum.
The report is understood to have named Raja for taking
arbitrary decision while allotting 2G spectrum, bundled with
licences in January 2008. On October 29, the Supreme Court had slammed the CBI for its "slipshod" investigations into the 2G spectrum
allocation scam, in which the alleged role of Raja came under
"You (CBI) have not done anything. The matter is
serious. The same minister is still continuing today. Is that
the way the government functions? Do you follow the same
standards in respect of everyone? One year has (already) gone
by," a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly