CPI for JPC probe in to 2G spectrum scam

The CPI said the resignation by Telecom Minister A Raja does not absolve him of "personal responsibility" in the 2G spectrum scam and demanded an effective probe into it, including by a JPC.

Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 16:10 PM IST

New Delhi: The CPI on Monday said the resignation
by Telecom Minister A Raja does not absolve him of "personal
responsibility" in the 2G spectrum scam and demanded an
effective probe into it, including by a joint parliamentary
committee.

The party also demanded cancellation of "all illegal
orders" and compensation of losses suffered by the exchequer
"by the people who are benefited by the dubious deals."

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, "Government should end
the impasse to see that Parliament (which has been disrupted
for four days) runs smoothly."

In a statement, the CPI Central Secretariat said "mere
resignation does not absolve Raja`s personal responsibility in
the matter" and added that he should be brought to book if an
effective probe found him responsible.

"The criminality perpetuated over the years leading to
collateral loss to the country calls for not only effective
probe into the matter, including through JPC, but also there
is need to determine the extent to which Raja was involved,"
it said.

"If found to be responsible, he should be brought to book.
The other officials who are involved in the loot should also
be adequately punished," the CPI said.

It was a matter of "deep concern how the massive
aberration could be carried out by the Communication Ministry
under the nose of the Prime Minister`s Office," the statement
said.

PTI