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Updated: January 24, 2012 11:42 IST

2G scam: Swamy to place arguments on January 21

Jiby Kattakayam
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Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy after deposing as witness in the 2G spectrum case in New Delhi. On Saturday, a Delhi court listed his application seeking prosecution of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the 2G case, for arguments on January 21. File photo: R.V. Moorthy
The Hindu Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy after deposing as witness in the 2G spectrum case in New Delhi. On Saturday, a Delhi court listed his application seeking prosecution of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in the 2G case, for arguments on January 21. File photo: R.V. Moorthy

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.

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All of us know that Mr. Chidambaram is a man of integrity and competence. He attended mostly all meetings because is a key man in the cabinet. He is one of the Mr. Clean politician. Can swamy give any proof that Mr. Chidambaram got bribes for allocating 2g spectrum?

from:  Sivagami
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 21:58 IST

Chidmbaram as Finance Minister would have attended (as he attended other Departments, apart from Telecom) a meeting that discussed the modalities of Spectrum sale, although he was not in any way involved in the sale Swamy cannot give any documentary evidence that Chidambaram got bribes from Etisalat and Telenor. The question of national security does not arise because Etisalat (from UAE) was having a working arrangement with India even before Raja took charge of Telecom.

from:  A.Yeshuratnam
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 11:54 IST

Certainly the magnitude of the corruption is such high officials and top leaders must have had information and benefitted from the loot. If India wants to eradicate corruption, there should be full transparency and everyone involved in this massive scandal must be investigated and brought to justice. No one including ministers and top leaders can be allowed to escape from justice.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 02:54 IST
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