New Delhi: Congress on Friday steered clear of
Supreme Court`s observation that the stand of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh favouring "auctioning" of 2G spectrum was
ignored and no timely action was taken to prevent the scam.
"I don`t think it is proper to comment on a matter which
is sub-judice" was the refrain of party spokesman Rashid Alvi
to a volley of questions on the issue at the AICC briefing.
Among the questions asked were whether the party felt
that the apex court observation showed that the authority of
the Prime Minister has diminished and that he has no control
over his Cabinet.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu criticised
the government for its handling of the situation ahead of 2G
spectrum allocation in which the policy of "auction" was given
a go bye and telecom ministry under A Raja adopted the
first-come-first served policy.
The Bench said even when the then Telecom Minister did
not agree with the Prime Minister for auctioning the "scarce"
spectrum and went ahead with issuing Letters of Intent
(LoIS), no timely action was taken to prevent the situation
which has arisen today and the matter reached the courts.
On the issue of the RTI Act, Alvi said that the party
supported the Prime Minister`s stand for a critical look at
the Act and concerns on it discussed and addressed.
"A review is good as debate helps making a thing
better", he said.