As part of the probe into 2G spectrum allocation between 2001 and 2007, the Central Bureau of Investigation has recorded the statement of former Union Finance Minister Jaswant Singh.
CBI sources said that recording of Mr. Singh's statement was completed by the agency this week. He was the Finance Minister during the National Democratic Alliance regime and was heading the Group of Ministers on the issue of limited mobility and spectrum allocation.
The CBI had told the Supreme Court earlier this month that there had been violation of allocation norms during the Bharatiya Janata Party regime. Recently, the CBI had also recorded statement of another former Telecom Minister, Arun Shourie.
Mr. Singh has said in the past that no irregularities were committed during his tenure. “If somebody deliberately digs out and alleges that there is irregularity then I am saddened,” he had told journalists earlier this month.
The agency has registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) to look into the role of the then Telecom Ministers who were at the helm of affairs between 2001 and 2007. BJP’s Arun Shourie and late Pramod Mahajan were heading the Telecom Ministry between 2001 and 2003 and Dayanidhi Maran took charge of the Ministry when the United Progressive Alliance government came to power in 2004. The UPA government has maintained that it followed the telecom policies which were introduced by the NDA regime.