Guilty in 2G scam to be punished severely: Antony

Defence Minister A K Antony Thursday said Congress would not allow political interference to hamper the probe in the 2G spectrum scam and severe action would be taken against those found guilty.

Last Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 22:38 PM IST

Kochi: Defence Minister A K Antony Thursday said
Congress would not allow political interference to hamper the
probe in the 2G spectrum scam and severe action would be taken
against those found guilty.

The CBI is investigating the 2G scam which is also being
monitored by the Supreme Court, the Public Accounts Committee
and the Joint Parliamentary Committee, Antony told a press
conference here.

"There will not be any political interference in the
investigation. CBI probe is going on. Let the report come out.
Wait for JPC and PAC reports," he said, adding that severe
action would be taken against those found guilty.

Replying to another question, he said he had no plans to
resign from the Union Cabinet over the scams, including the
CWG and Adarsh housing scams.

"When there are allegations, Congress does not play hide
and seek," he said.

When pointed out that he was campaigning `aggressively`
for the April 13 Kerala Assembly elections, Antony said he had
to be active during crucial elections in his own state.

"My roots are here. I cannot remain as an NRI in Delhi
when a crucial election is in my state," he said.

"There is no change in my character. I am the same old A
K Antony...I was the Chief Minister thrice. During election
time I am a Congress man and not a Central Minister," he said.

State Congress leaders Oommen Chandy and Ramesh
Chennithala are leading the campaign in the state.

Taking a dig at Chief Minister V S Achtunandan, he said
his "so-called" crusade against corrupt leaders and sexual
exploiters was only a "smokescreen".

"During the last five years, how many corrupt cases have
been filed and action taken? What action has been taken
against mafia gangs?"

He said Achuthanandan was speaking the "language of
Opposition leader" and CPI(M) workers were also unhappy with
his style of functioning.

Antony said the present Kerala Chief Minister was one of
the founder leaders of CPI(M), but he was removed from the
Politburo while his juniors were still in it.

PTI