Pranab meets PM, Sonia after new letter surfaces

Pranab Mukherjee met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi after surfacing of his letter which suggested his ministry`s controversial March 25 note on 2G.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 19:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President
Sonia Gandhi after surfacing of his letter which suggested his
ministry`s controversial March 25 note on 2G was revised after
"consultations" with Cabinet Secretariat and the PMO.

Though it was not clear what transpired in these
meetings, it is believed that the issue related to the
September 26 letter written by Mukherjee to the Prime Minister
figured.

Congress, meanwhile, refused to be drawn into the issue
but insisted there was no controversy.

"Circumstances surrounding the note have been discussed
to death. We must keep in mind that the note is reiteration of
what happened between December 2003 and February 2011.

"If at all there is any concern with regard to
interpretation and sequence of the matter in the letter, then
the judgement should be left to the JPC, which has a mandate
to look into the entire gamut of the spectrum allocation from
1998 to 2009," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told
reporters.

The Finance Ministry note of March 25 had suggested that
the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram could have averted the
2G scam in 2008 if he had insisted on auctioning of Spectrum,
triggering a huge controversy when it became public in
September.

At the height of the row over his ministry`s note,
Mukherjee had written to the Prime Minister suggesting that
the sentence which appeared to blame Chidambaram was "revised"
after consultation with the Cabinet Secretariat and the PMO.

Tewari said the 2G issue has gone to the Joint
Parliamentary Committee (JPC), Parliament`s Public Accounts
Committee and the Supreme Court after the reiteration of the
developments between December 2003 and February 2011 appeared
in the note.

"When you have a JPC, PAC and the court looking into the
matter, rather than reading out judgements on an issue, allow
the agencies to come out with their final findings," the
Congress spokesman said.

Asked whether the JPC will be look into the latest letter
of Mukherjee, Tewari said that in the "course of its
deliberations, it is obviously going to look into these
matters.

He, however, added "let us not come to premature
judgements and allow the JPC to complete the probe."

PTI