PM should explain delay in spectrum scam probe: CPI(M)

The CPI(M) Wednesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to explain why a probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam was delayed despite repeated demands by it since 2008.

Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 15:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The CPI(M) Wednesday asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to explain why a probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam was delayed despite repeated demands
by it since 2008.

"The Prime Minister should explain in Parliament how
this murky affair was allowed to go on for so long," the party
Politburo said in a statement, which came a day after the
Supreme Court sought clarification from the Prime Minister on
the 11 month delay in sanctioning prosecution of Telecom
Minister A Raja who has since quit.

"It should be further asked why the Prime Minister
refused to order a probe on the telecom scam for a longer
period despite repeated requests", it said, pointing out that
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had written to the Prime
Minister in November 2008 and had sought an enquiry.

Maintaining that corporate crime cannot be condoned
"as the UPA government is prone to do so", the party demanded that all companies which "benefited illegally" should be asked to pay up the full amount as per the market value of the spectrum allocation.
"Further, those companies who have got the licenses
and spectrum allocation illegally and by violation of the
norms, their licenses should be cancelled," the CPI(M) said.
Describing the scam which caused a loss of Rs 1.76
lakh crore to the public exchequer as the "biggest corruption
case", it said not only should Raja and other guilty officials
be prosecuted, but immediate steps be taken to "undo the
damage and recover the lost revenue".

PTI