Radia tapes: Who leaked the info?
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Last Updated: Monday, December 27, 2010, 17:18
Chennai: The Centre would probe whether any official information was leaked to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia by BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar when he was the Civil Aviation Minister during NDA regime, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy said Monday.

"The government at the Centre will investigate and find out whether any official decision was leaked to Radia by Kumar when he was Civil Aviation Minister during NDA regime. The sharing of official information is an anti national act," Narayanasamy told reporters here today.

Narayanasamy said Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has called for an all party meeting in New Delhi on December 30 and 31 to sort out the issue regarding the stalling of the Parlimament.

Terming the BJP's action of stalling Parliament proceedings for 22 days consecutively demanding a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum issue as "anti-democratic", he said "Its (BJP) decision to stall the Parliament is also a political one".

He said the Centre had incurred a loss of Rs 33 crore due to the stalling of Parliament proceedings for 22 days by the opposition parties.

"Many of the parties demanding for JPC probe in the 2G spectrum scam issue may not be able to have their representative in the JPC since a political party needed at least 17 members in the Parliament to have its nominee in it", he said.

Claiming that Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ample of powers to investigate 2G spectrum allotment and the loss incurred to the government, he said all the central agencies including CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department would assist the PAC.

To a question why the Congress was adamant on not to set up a JPC to probe the spectrum issue, Narayanasamy said "going by the past experience, the JPC probe is ineffective."

"The JPCs that probed the Bofors gun deal, the two securities/stock market scams and the pesticides in Colas did not come out with any bigger findings", he said.


First Published: Monday, December 27, 2010, 17:18

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