Seeking to summon Chidambaram as accused in the case
The CBI Special Court will hear 2G spectrum scam complainant Subramanian Swamy's arguments seeking the summoning of current Home Minister and then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram as an accused on January 21. Initially, Dr. Swamy's complaint listed only the former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, as an accused.
Dr. Swamy on Saturday completed recording of evidence for the present stage of his case, and submitted certified copies of documents that Special Judge O.P. Saini had sought. After the complainant finished deposing, Mr. Saini said: “Put up for arguments the application for summoning of the accused on January 21.”
After submitting various documents to be taken on court record, Dr. Swamy said: “This evidence reveals the connivance, collusion, and consent of the then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the decisions taken by the then Telecom Minister A. Raja in the matter of fixing the price for the spectrum licence; and in the matter of permitting two companies which received the licences, namely Swan [Telecom] and Unitech [Wireless] in dilution of shares even before rollout of their services.”
Elaborating on what the documents he submitted would help achieve, Dr. Swamy said: “That is, the evidence brings on record the commission of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act for which Mr. A. Raja has already been charged by this court. I have also brought on record evidence to show that Mr. Chidambaram is guilty of breach of trust on the question of national security for not disclosing that Etisalat and Telenor [to which Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless had respectively diluted their shareholding] were blacklisted by [a] Home Ministry Advisory.”
Among the documents submitted were certified copies of two office memorandums, certified copies of the minutes of two meetings — one between Mr. Raja and Mr. Chidambaram on January 30, 2008, and another between the duo and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh running into six pages.