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Chidambaram has no role in 2G scam: Sibal

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Minister for Telecomunication and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal addressing a press conference in connection with the ADAG row, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Kamal Narang
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Minister for Telecomunication and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal addressing a press conference in connection with the ADAG row, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Kamal Narang

Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday termed political conspiracy the Opposition's (particularly the BJP and the AIADMK) demand for the resignation of Home Minister P. Chidambaram in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. Mr. Sibal said Mr. Chidambaram, who was the Finance Minister in the UPA-I regime, had no role in the scam.

“The demand for Mr. Chidambaram's resignation is a political conspiracy. He had no role anywhere. Whatever decisions he took, he did so after consultations,” Mr. Sibal told journalists here.

Claiming that Mr. Chidambaram had never recommended to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the issue of giving start-up spectrum for free to telecom licensees should be treated as a “closed chapter,” he said there was some confusion over it. “His comments were about additional spectrum charges.”

Mr. Sibal, along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal, also justified why the minutes of a meeting between Mr. Chidambaram (then Finance Minister) and the then Communications Minister, A. Raja, had not been recorded. “The meeting was not such where the situation warranted preparation of any minutes...the meeting was not required to record minutes. There are several occasions where two Ministers meet even to discuss a specific issue but minutes are not made,” he added.

Asked about the allegations that the former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, had set up a telephone exchange in Chennai at his residence and office of Sun TV, owned by his brother Kalanithi Maran, and it was being misused by Sun TV, Mr. Sibal said the case was being investigated by the CBI.

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I would recommend CBI to start digging Sibal's involvement in 2G Scam as well. It looks like he is trying to cover his involvement by supporting others who are proved to involve. It only means that all the ministers who directly / indirectly have authority on Telecom distribution process must be reviewed completely. This looks more like a grave where CBI keeps digging one piece at a time to solve the mystery. And I believe we are going to find Mr.Sibal's involvement soon.

from:  Muthuselvan
Posted on: Jul 11, 2011 at 14:02 IST

If there is growth there must be bribes! Though they have a tough capital punishment against bribes, even Chinese premier is worried about their country's growing corruption! We must choose between no growth no scams just like in Cuba or a growth like in China ! An IT employee with 1 lakh salary is ready to buy a cinema ticket at 1000 rupees in black market! So growth breeds scams! but it will disappear when the economy stabilizes and e-governance comes to government offices !

from:  navamayam
Posted on: Jul 11, 2011 at 04:35 IST

The immediate actions, the UPA government should take now to act against 2G are
1. Prime Miister should start speaking...
2. Kapil Sibal should stop speaking...

from:  Saravanan
Posted on: Jul 10, 2011 at 22:10 IST

Then Mr.Sibal can you please tell us who are all involved in 2G..Can you...?

from:  Chandru
Posted on: Jul 10, 2011 at 20:26 IST

Who is Sibal to give clearance to Chidambaram? All these congress team is a team of Lawyers (Liars). Do not trust them and ensure that these people are thoroughly investigated including MMS and Sonia. Look at FM who visited Chennai to meet Karuna and begging him to save his government. I am sure if FM is investigated big figures will roll out.

from:  Vinod Kapoor
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 20:46 IST

Till now, I was not sure if PC was involved. Now, I know he is part and parcel of this scam though he might not have received a penny from it. As a minister, PC should not have played a silent spectator to this grandest of scam. Sibal is like a village fortune teller only that he always speaks the opposite of truth. Not bad at all. We can understand your talking. Go Sibal. Is there anything you want to add about Dr MM Singh and S Gandhi as well?

from:  G J Kumar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 19:22 IST

If opposition wants to nail someone all he has to do is to make our honorable Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal give him/her a clean chit and he/she will travel to Tihar and give company to other VIPs there. Is he the Supreme Court judge giving judgement? Can't he keep his mouth shut about activities he doesn't know or wants to hide.Its become part of the routine for the Ministers and Spokespersons to come in support of their colleagues and when they are caught proclaim that the government has acted against corruption. Its become a routine sick joke. I am happy at least the media is proactive and doing all the research to bring out the corrupt. Gove takes time to act to ensure that the corrupt have time to hide the blackmoney in safe places. Well Raja and Maran thought they are smart even took them in white.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 17:04 IST

The same clean chit was earlier given to Kalmadi, A Raja, Kanimozi and Maran....

from:  Nagaraj
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 15:51 IST

Nobody is clean including the PM, UPA Chairperson. All have hefty deposits in swiss n other tax heaven islands. The common people suffer especially the middle class. An article about 2G appeared in a tamil daily written columnist Mr.Gurumurthi. Dayanidhi Maran reacted in anger and told i will file defamation case for 10 Crore against that daily. After that he kept quiet and cannot maintain the same tone because he is also involved. The cat was out the bag and one by one they have to march towards imprisonment. The scandal has wide area net work and spread across the globe which consists of politicians in Cong, DMK, Businessmen and some elite personalities. Until severe punishment is given for White Collar Crimes God only can punish the offenders. Since our legal system and procedures cannot penetrate beyond a certain level because termites have eaten the essence of IPC.

from:  N Suresh
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 14:30 IST

All discussion between Raja and Chidambaram is not recorded or records are lost.These discussions are on pricing spectrum at 2001 prices on first come first served basis.Both of them agreed on this and verbally conveyed this to Prime Minister. Two persons did this .One is Raja and he is in Tihar and other is Chidamabram who is holding post with security implications.Just now ETILSALAT is fined for over 7000 crores for violations. Also it has security implications as home ministry had banned Etilsalat due to Pakistan and Dawood connections. A decision amounting to maximum of 1760000 crores is agreed orally by Chidambaram and then PM says in one line letter that he is kept informed. For getting 100 Rs Govt office asks for ten forms to be filled up. And to say no record is kept for 1760000 crore worth decision is laughable. How are the important letters missing? and how the meeting is called non paper?? Only way is now for Raja to turn approver . Othewise the scam will begin and end at DMK.

from:  SK
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 14:25 IST

It sounds, that ministers are cracking jokes; "The meeting was not such where the situation warranted preparation of any minutes...the meeting was not required to record minutes. There are several occasions where two Ministers meet even to discuss a specific issue but minutes are not made". Discussing official matters are not like exchanging niceties about their in-laws and grand-children where you don't make minutes. All official matters exchanged between officials even in the corridors – meeting by chance, one makes a written protocol and if possible send a copy to the person with whom you exchanged the topic. Now no proof is there about the subject and decision making, if their successors or CIB or the judiciary want to know the exactly the details they have only one alternative; look into the sky and pray God.

from:  Somasundaram
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 13:31 IST

First he gave a clean chit to Raja, now to Chidambaram. Thinks himself a the lord or Chief justice. Some one please remind him to carry his duty and then can come out and talk BIG.

from:  Shashanghan
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 12:22 IST

The way he is explaining, It looks like he has made wrong decision deliberately. I think there should be CBI Enquiry into Mr. Sibal also.

from:  Manish Kumar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 11:52 IST

Our honored Mr. Sibal also said that 2G scam was a zero loss for the government, i don't think scam of this much amount can be handled by Mr. Raja only, most of the ministers must be knowing about this irregularity if not involved and just to save their government they put fingers on their mouth forgetting that it is their duty to save India from these corrupted leaders.

from:  Ajay kumar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 11:30 IST

It is very old saying that real culprit shout louder to hide their crime. He shouts louder because he know that his sin will be easily detected. Kapil sibbal is the main accused in all the crime that happened during UPA. He is the biggest culprit as he is trying to hide is own sin and his colleagues.

from:  Rakesh Kumar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 11:15 IST

Mr. Sibal poses a threat to our democratic values and rule of law. To take the phrase recently articulated somewhere else in some other context, "he is acting as if he is the sole investigator and prosecutor and judge".

from:  Utpal
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 10:55 IST

I never thought Mr. Chidambaram had any role in 2G scam until I read this news. If Mr. Sibal says there is no role it means there is. Remember this man said Mr. Raja is innocent and there was no loss for the govt. during 2G spectrum episode. We have a minister to broadcast lies.

from:  Bharath S
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 10:41 IST

Mr. Sibal had also given a statement that there is not even a single penny is lost in 2G Spectrum case. So, how can we accept his statement? The situation is now is such that, we only believe the Supreme Court, not even the Prime Minister.

from:  R.K. Pradhan
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 10:12 IST

Sibal must keep his credibility as a lawyer, even though he has none as a politician. His statements always seem to take a u-turn, and sometimes seem delusionary. If he were a politician in the US, he would have certainly been told to go to the psychiatrist. I sometimes question his credibility as a lawyer. As far as Chidambaram goes, the lesser said the better. Everyone talks about his family's disproportionate assets, and the push-over he is. Anyways, professionally, he is found wanting, as for 2G, all fingers are now leading to him. But i wish Sibal well, and hope he understands his delusionary dilemma! The sooner he does that, the better it will be for him. Well, not for the nation, as it seems he has decided to work against it's interests, and more for his own. That is what the people say, not I. But I applaud the people on their intelligence. Sibal, please learn to do that. They are the one's on whose strength you speak. but alas, you speak only for yourself!

from:  Sunit Jang Bahadur
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 09:55 IST

he had also said that there was 'zero' loss to the exchequer in the 2G scam??

from:  Raghavendra
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 09:36 IST

It is high time for our hon'ble prime minister to drop a few tainted ministers and induct new faces to refurbish the government's image lost due to ongoing allegation of corruption against majority of the existing incumbent. The corruption,black money, smuggling, demonetisation/withdrawal of currency notes of Rs 500/1000 to check printing of fakes notes to weaken our economy, etc, are the real concern of every citizen of India. These must take priority over all other issues to gain the confidence of our people. Let us not argue for the sake of argument but do our business seriously and honestly. This will make India stronger in all respect.

from:  S S Prasad
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 09:20 IST

When 3 senior cabinet ministers start defending PC, then its quite obvious they are trying to hide something. They are scared now that the trail will lead to the ultimate beneficiary in all the scams.

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 08:33 IST

Sibal lacks credibility. His utterances sound lawyers' arguments than political statements.

from:  Mehrotra RP
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 08:20 IST

Kapil Sibal's press conference was a clever one but a web reader has well analysed this. Anyone who watched the live press conference aired on TV wherein Mr. Sibal was trying to convince audience that he did no wrong has clearly seen how guilty he is. 1) He is trying to confuse the matter by pulling in statements like personal scores 2) When the Telecom Secretary was asked a question on whether 50 Crore was a penalty on 1 circle or consolidated of all 13 circles, he avoided answering it straight. 3) When Mr. Sibal was asked the same question, he again said, as per the USAL agreement the penalty can be both for just 1 circle or for entire agreement - The only truth Mr. Sibal avoided saying was that there are 13 different agreements signed for 13 different circles. Reliance pulled services in all 13 circles - so saying its Max. 50 crore is making fool of public. 4) If Reliance came and met Mr. Sibal on Feb 16, and told them that they have restarted services, why was he in such a hurry to waive off penalty. Protocol defines that the said letter should have gone back to the DOT committee for verification if the services have been restored or not. Second, ADAG had a pending showcause to which they had not replied to till Feb 16, what was Mr. Sibal doing entertaining personal letters - Mr. Lawyer - Please go back to Supreme Court and play your press conference as your submissions. Everyone is trying to confuse issues here. When FP first broke the news last week - neither Mr. Sibal nor RComm denied the figure of 650 crore as consolidated penalty. Mr. Sibal's defense at the time was that penalty was very strict and extreme in light of officials being over cautious after 2G scam. FP then posted documents with them, and Mr. Sibal realized that remaining documents /showcause is not with press - immediately he has started commenting its only 50 not 650. First - is 50 crore being changed to 50 Lacs a crime of less seriousness. Second - Answer yes/no - Did reliance switch off service in 13 circles. Did Reliance submit that they are not interested to run service as they are uneconomical. Is UASL parent license under which USOF agreement was signed? If so, then by violating terms of USOF agreement, they have violated terms of UASL. DOT has gone on record to say that there is no exit option in USOF agreement. Reliance refused to switch on services despite request of DOT. Once reliance submitted that they switching off for economic reason (and unilaterally) who is Mr. Sibal trying to fool that it was an 'interruption' - Mr. Sibal, dont play to the gallery.

from:  SK
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 08:14 IST

Every minister claims other ministers are corrupt free since he himself a corrupt. He has to say so since when caught for corruption others should protect him. These are expected ones and nothing new.But blame or accuse opponents so that people attentions are diverted to other side.

from:  kalyan
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 06:12 IST

The involvement of the government as a whole in the allocation of 2G spectrum is getting clearer as real facts come out in bits and pieces. The government wanted to put a mobile phone in every hand and thereby make the new telecom industry a significant driver of GDP growth. But when the CAG exposed the colossal squandering of national wealth involved in this venture, the government wanted to bail itself out by making the telecom minister A.Raja the fall guy with the media helping it in a big way in this effort. But this strategy is perhaps reaching a dead end as new facts are coming out. Truth has to prevail ultimately!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 06:06 IST

The very fact that Sibal defends Chidambaram, raises several doubts on the role of Chidambaram. First he defended Raja, then all the others in the 2G scam and now Chidambaram

from:  Ram
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 05:31 IST

Look into eyes of Sibal.It says "I am lying." UPA has too many lawyers, who bend rules. Lawyers know the holes in law.They think they are smart & get caught.Sibals' famous delisting of Universities ended with a whimper- a corrupt event to many.

from:  Ananthan
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 05:01 IST

Mr.Sibal's defence of Mr.Chidambaram smacks of membership in a Mutual Admiration Society or a Society where the Principle 'You scratch my back and I shall scratch yours' operates. This man who thinks he is a know-all,is but a tyro in the political arena surviving by sheer bravado. That he thinks no end of himself was made clear when he rewrote the Principles of accounting practices by magically converting the CAG's notional loss of Rs. 1.76 Lakhs crores in the 2G spectrum scam into a profit by the simple expedient of waving his magic wand.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 04:18 IST

Sri Kapil Sibal says "The demand for Mr. Chidambaram's resignation is a political conspiracy. He had no role anywhere. Whatever decisions he took, he did so after consultations." Mr. Sibal should recall that Mr. A.Raja was also saying like this in the beginning when 2G scam surfaced.He said that every action was done with the knowledge and approval of PMO Later events proved otherwise.We think Mr. Sibal has recently started speaking like this trying to defend defenceless issues. We think Government is being rattled by recent events of exposures of scams after scams,inaction and lethargy in the working of departments of Government We wish Government should try to verify the allegations and if found correct initiate action to rectify them instead of dismissing such issues as frivolous. Mr. Sibal should know well, as he is himself an eminent lawyer, that Democracy is by the people,for the people and to the people and a free press is a vital role to play in a good democracy.

from:  V.Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 03:45 IST

Sibal made the infamous claim of 'Zero loss' due to 2 G scam. just a few days before A.Raja was jailed, to be followed by Kanimozhi for the same scam.The matter did not end there. Dayanidhi Maran, under the heat of CBI' s status report on 2 G scam was the latest to lose his position.Amidst these development Kapil Sibal himself became a controversial personality in reducing to a paltry sum of Rs 5 crores to Rcom of Anil Ambani from the officially assessed fine of Rs 650 crores by his own dept officials. There are allegations of wrong doings by Mr. Chidambaram also in 2G. Both Sibal and Chidambaram are in an unenviable position. Instead of preparing to defend themselves against the impending national onslaught, why is he in a hurry to lend his umbrella to Chidambaram,when he himself is getting drenched in the torrential rain of scams?Some one in his league, should tell him that silence is golden for a lawyer too,like him, in the given situation.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 03:39 IST

this was same gentleman who saw no loss in 2G scam.Who's going to beleive in his certificate?

from:  Reddy
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 03:36 IST

You always lie and try to dupe the citizen of India. Earlier, you kept saying that there is no mess up in 2G spectrum auction, everything is crystal clear.Ironically, it turned to be the biggest ever scam of India.So please, do not speak advocate the innocence of P. Chidambaram. Time will define who right or wrong is.

from:  Satish
Posted on: Jul 9, 2011 at 03:26 IST
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