Maran letter drags PM into 2G scam
A letter written by former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran has brought the focus back on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G scam issue.
New Delhi: A letter written by former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran has brought the focus back on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G scam issue.
According to a report published in DNA, the PM had given in to pressure from Maran to let the issue of pricing of 2G spectrum remain with the Telecom Ministry.
Maran exerted pressure on the PM after he, in 2006, approved in principle a Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into the release of additional spectrum and pricing of the scarce 2G spectrum.
Under pressure from Maran (read DMK) PM Singh was forced to dilute the terms of reference of the GoM, which ultimately led to a whopping loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in the sale of 2G spectrum in January 2008.
The report was based on documents which were accessed through RTI by advocate Vivek Garg. The documents clearly state that the PM was party to the decision which allowed the Telecom Ministry to take a call on the pricing of 2G spectrum.
And based on that decision, A Raja as telecom minister allocated the 2G spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices, giving birth to the country’s biggest scam.
The revelations have come at a time when the UPA is battling to put forward a brave face, in the wake of emergence of a Finance Ministry note to PMO which stated that P Chidambaram, as the then finance minister, could have prevented the scam by putting his foot down on the price of 2G spectrum.
That note has brought forward an internal rift between UPA ministers, namely Home Minister Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Meanwhile, the BJP has trained guns on the PM seeking explanation from him on his role in diluting the terms of reference of GoM.
Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the PM owes an explanation to the nation as it is a matter of his complicity in the scam.