2G spectrum: Shourie likely to be questioned tomorrow
New Delhi: Former telecom minister Arun Shourie is likely to appear before the CBI for questioning on Friday in connection with the agency`s probe into possible criminal aspects in the telecom policy since 2001.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had approached Shourie, a senior BJP leader, early this month asking him to appear before it in connection with the Preliminary Enquiry (PE) registered by the agency following a direction from the
Shourie had held the telecom portfolio between January 2003 and May 2004 in the NDA regime.
The PE was registered against "unknown persons" with an aim to ascertaining as to whether or not the "first-come-first-serve basis" provision passed by the then
Cabinet led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee was followed, officials said.
The CBI is likely to go into the minutes of the meetings held by successive telecom ministers which include late Pramod Mahajan, Shourie and Dayanidhi Maran of DMK.
According to the CBI, nearly 50 licences were given out on the first-come-first-serve basis and Bharti, Vodafone and Idea were among the beneficiaries of the policy.
The CBI would go into the documents of the companies who have been awarded the contracts.
The Supreme Court had on December 16 last year directed the agency to widen its investigation to cover the grant of licences by both the NDA and the UPA regimes between 2001-2007 and submit a report.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- 6 leaders were in contact with Dawood Ibrahim till 26/11: Report
- DNA: Complete analysis of APJ Abdul Kalam's life and achievements
- Rameswaram waits to give final salute to Dr Abdul Kalam
- SC order on Yakub Memon huge disappointment, setback: Owaisi
- Last rites of Gurdaspur attack martyr Baljit Singh in Kapurthala
- APJ Abdul Kalam's funeral to be held in Rameswaram; PM Modi to attend
- LIVE: Yakub Memon buried in Mumbai; Rajnath says he got chance to express views in all forums
- Has President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Yakub Memon's mercy plea?
- SC refuses stay on Yakub Memon's hanging: As it happened
- 2 NDA, 4 UPA leaders were in contact with Dawood Ibrahim before 26/11: Report