Will Manmohan Singh fire Chidambaram and send him to jail?

2G scam: Send Chidambaram to jail, says BJP.

Revealed Nov.7, 2008 letter of Raja to PM. Sibal’s ignorance.

http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.com/2011/07/2g-scam-send-chidambaram-to-jail-says.html

PTI / Saturday, July 9, 2011 19:52 IST
Stepping up its demand for the removal of P Chidambaram from the Union Cabinet, the BJP today said as finance minister he was as much involved in the 2G spectrum scam as then telecom minister A Raja and insisted that he should also be incarcerated for his complicity.

BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay maintained that it has now been “proved beyond doubt” that Chidambaram had connived with Raja in the 2G scam and the cover-up exercise that followed was done after taking the former into confidence.

“Chidambaram is as much responsible and culpable for this scam as Raja. His place is not where he is today (in the union cabinet) but where Raja is today,” Vijay told reporters.

The opposition demanded that not only should Chidambaram, who is now home minister in UPA-II, be sacked but also sent to jail like Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi.

He claimed to have a copy of the letter written by Raja to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 7, 2008 in which the former has reportedly stated that he was acting on the advice of Chidambaram.

“Raja acted on Chidambaram’s advice like a nursery-class student. Later as an obedient student, he informed the prime minister about the whole thing,” Vijay said.

He alleged that these ministers have “looted the wealth” of the country when they were given the mandate to protect its interest.

“These ministers are acting like a sort of gang or mafia. Etisalat DB, which has connections with the Dawood Ibrahim gang, has been fined Rs 7,000 crore for FEMA violations. Unlike the colonial rulers who took the wealth outside India, these people are born Indians but have become a party in the loot of India,” Vijay said.

The BJP maintained that this fine under FEMA is a clear indictment of Chidambaram as finance minister and he should face the law.

URL of the article: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_2g-scam-send-chidambaram-to-jail-says-bjp_1564091-all

Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Friday, 08 July 2011

The 2G Spectrum scandal is no longer only an “ally affair”.

The revelations in the JPC which is looking into the scandal and those coming out in the media show that there is a Congress overtone to this.

By now the nation knows that the allotment of the 2G spectrum happened on 10 January 2008 – 122 licenses including several which were completely ineligible benefitted.

A day before on 9 January 2008, an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, in an internal note has clearly suggested adoption of the auction route for determining and fixing the Spectrum usage charges. This note also clearly recommended a revision of entry fee fixed in 2003.

A scheduled meet of the Telecom Commission for that very day was also rescheduled to be held on 15 January 2008.

On 15 January 2008, the Finance Minister sent a note to the Prime Minister that the government adopt the auction route for future spectrum allocations and treat all allocations made in the past as a closed chapter.

Notwithstanding the advice given by senior finance ministry officials before the issue of the licences, in favour of auction, the view taken by the then finance minister after the actual allocation had taken place “to treat the matter as closed” raises serious questions. Was it a case of “deliberate omission?”

After this note to the Prime Minister on 15 January 2008, the divergence of views within the government, the clear disregard to the laid procedures and regulations, an immediate attempt to cover up a blatant misuse of power, all came to the fore.

It is important to recall that the Cabinet decision of 2003 specified that the fixing of price for the allocation of spectrum will be done in consultation with the Department of Telecommunication (DOT) and with the approval of the Ministry of Finance.

In this case, in 2008, the Ministry of Finance in a make believe fait accompli situation provided a cover up for the decision to issue licences on 10 January 2008 which resulted in a loss to the exchequer to the tune of 1lakh and 76 thousand crores.

In the “treat as closed chapter” advice to the PM on a contentious decision which was taken just a few days before, the then Minister of Finance’s connivance is palpable.

On 29 May 2008, an attempt was made by the then Finance Minister to gloss over the divergent opinions , cover up the disregard to rules, regulations and procedures in the issue of licenses by holding a meeting with the then Telecom Minister Mr Raja. It is reported that the Prime Minister was informed of an “agreed position” thereafter. A clear 4 months after the scandalous allocation of the 2G licences!

Yesterday, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) which is a part of the Finance Ministry has disclosed in the JPC that the minutes of this critical and crucial meeting held to bring a shroud of convergence in decision making does not exist!

This is a serious lapse that links to the chain of conspiracy which dominates the 2G Spectrum scandal. Was this procedural lapse deliberate?

Nothing short of an explanation from the Prime Minister can fill this void in documentary evidence. The Prime Minister cannot continue with his silence on this matter.
The then Finance Minister’s position in the Cabinet is getting increasingly untenable. He should be removed forthwith.
There should be a focused enquiry on how there are no formal minutes or records of such a meeting.

(O.P. KOHLI)
Headquarter Incharge

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