New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie on Thursday said the Supreme Court order to widen the scope of 2G spectrum investigations from 2001 would establish how
"honest decisions were taken by honest persons".
Shourie, who held the telecom portfolio between January 2003 and May 2004 in the NDA regime, said he was not sure what made the apex court widen the scope of probe from 2001.
However, the SC order "is an opportunity for all of us to demonstrate that the Department of Telecom has not been manned by Raja alone", he said.
Many of the issues relating to the telecom policy during the NDA regime have already been examined and settled by judgements of the Supreme Court and rulings of TDSAT, he said.
"My only plea is that the new order should not become an excuse for delaying the prosecution of Raja on the evidence that is well in hand of the CBI".
Set to monitor the 2G spectrum scam probe, the Supreme Court widened the investigation in the case by bringing in its ambit the telecom policy of both NDA and UPA regimes from 2001 to 2008.
Prior to Shourie, late Pramod Mahajan was the telecom minister from 2001.