Ready to answer any query on 2G scam: Arun Shourie

Last Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 00:56

Chennai: Former Telecom Minister Arun
Shourie on Saturday said he was ready to answer any queries from CBI on the 2G spectrum allocation during his tenure.

"I would be very happy to answer. No difficulty in that.
I can even answer in the public hall here. If they invite me
to their place...They are also always welcome to my house. No
problem," the senior BJP leader told reporters here.

Shourie said he would report to the public openly about
the inquiry if the CBI conducted it against him.

Asked whether CBI, probing the 2G Spectrum scam, was
going in the right direction, he said, "much of the evidence
regarding front companies of Raja was given to CBI almost a
year ago. That much I can tell you through personal
knowledge."

"Directors and locations were given. They have certainly
taken their time to do it. They are moving energetically and I
hope they keep focus on this particular thing and not get
disturbed. I don`t know what they are doing inside," he said.

On the allotment of 2G spectrum during Raja`s tenure,
Shourie alleged that he had changed the basis of `first come
first serve`.

"Then he (Raja) also changed the priority list to favour
one firm," he said, adding, he had also not followed `any
principle` during spectrum allocation.

"He (Raja) broke the entire system," Shourie said,
adding, during NDA rule, everything was done as per the law.

The BJP leader said during his tenure issues like policy
decisions, projects and important matters related to any
allotment were referred to the group of ministers, which then
would go to Cabinet for its approval.

Earlier, in his Nani Palkhivala Memorial lecture, Shourie
welcomed Supreme Court order on monitoring the CBI probe into
2G spectrum allocation from 2001.

"They (agency) can examine from 2001. However, they
should not get distracted from the current scam and delay in
prosecuting Raja," he said.

He also sarcastically asked Raja not to "follow in his
footsteps" and to turn an "approver".

Shourie also said new reforms should be drawn up so that
the people involved in corruption would get due punishment
through courts such as putting them behind bars instead of
just imposing fine on them.

"They (culprits) should be barred from public life," he
added.

Shourie also asked the media to conduct `proper
investigation` before publishing or telecasting scam-related
issues.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 00:56

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