PM should respond to SC on Raja issue: Advani

Senior BJP leader L K Advani Wednesday demanded that Prime Minister should immediately respond to SC`s observation on delay in taking a decision on the plea for sanction for prosecution of A Raja.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 13:52 PM IST

Patna: Senior BJP leader L K Advani Wednesday
demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should immediately
respond to Supreme Court`s observation on delay in taking a
decision on the plea for sanction for prosecution of former
Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum allocation issue.

"The PM should immediately respond to what the Supreme
Court has said on Raja issue," Advani told reporters here
before leaving for campaigning for last phase of Bihar
assembly elections.

He said, "We are demanding a JPC probe into the issue
in Parliament and the government should think on it.

"Corruption should be eliminated from the country,"
Advani said. "I don`t remember the SC raising a question like
this in 60 years of my parliamentary career," Advani said.

The Supreme Court had yesterday asked some
embarrassing questions about the lengthy delay on the part of
the Prime Minister in taking a decision on a plea for sanction
of prosecution of the former Telecom Minister in the
controversial 2G spectrum allocation issue.

"Can the sanctioning authority (Prime Minister in this
case) sit on the complaint," a bench of Justices G S Singhvi
and A K Ganguly had asked during a hearing on a petition filed
by Janata Party President and former Law Minister Subramaniam
Swamy, who had sought sanction for prosecution of Raja.

Advani said during the last two sessions of
Parliament, "price rise and inflation were one of the main
issues...and the way the opposition raised it, the government
was forced to debate on it".

He said corruption has now become an important
issue as three major scams had surfaced.

PTI