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It was Maran who transferred GoM powers to himself: Joshi

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Public Accounts Committee chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi. File Photo
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Public Accounts Committee chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi. File Photo

“Changed policies to benefit Aircel, whose new buyer invested in Sun TV network”

Public Accounts Committee chairperson Murli Manohar Joshi on Friday accused Dayanidhi Maran of transferring all powers of the Group of Ministers to the Telecom Minister during his tenure and then changing policies to benefit Aircel, whose new buyer allegedly invested in his family-owned Sun TV network.

“Several documents were changed and it was accepted. All the powers that must have vested with the group of ministers were transferred to the Telecom Department. That is how the whole thing started,” Dr. Joshi told reporters here.

Dr. Joshi was examining the 2G spectrum allocation issue as PAC chairperson and submitted a report on April 30 in the mid of stiff opposition from the Congress, SP and BSP members.

The BJP, which had till now made A. Raja the main target of its attacks for anomalies in the 2G scam, has hit out at Mr. Maran in the wake of allegations that his family-owned Sun Direct TV received investments from Maxis Communications, a Malaysian company which had benefited from Aircel.

“Maran started a big correspondence for getting the terms of references changed and separating the pricing of the spectrum. He was the one who took away the power from the Group of Ministers to look into the various aspects of allocation of spectrum and policy of pricing,” Dr. Joshi said.

Dr. Joshi questioned how Mr. Maran had changed the policy.

He seemed to absolve Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of most of the responsibility of this wrongdoing, saying he may not have been aware of things due to this change.

“In my opinion, if at that very moment something should have been seriously thought about, then perhaps this serious issue could have been solved...I can't say if it would have happened or not, but at least the Prime Minister and others would have understood why it was being done.”

Sack Maran: BJP

Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded that Dr. Singh sack Mr. Maran if he did not resign on his own in the wake of allegations of a quid pro quo in awarding spectrum to Aircel.

“Maran has no right to continue. There are clear evidences that when the Malaysian company made the investment he was the Minister,” BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.

Briefing reporters on resolutions adopted at the party's national executive meet, he said the BJP demanded action against all influential people involved in scams and corruption cases of the UPA government.

Terming the 2G as the biggest scam, he said the Opposition has had to take a tough stand, due to the ‘adamant attitude of the government.'

“Even the Supreme Court had to ask why silence was maintained. It's a conspiracy of silence and culpability of indifference,” he alleged, questioning why UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi did not speak on the corruption issue.

The BJP spokesman also alleged that a scam worth Rs. 85,000 crore in the Coal Ministry had been committed when the department was held by the Prime Minister.

He alleged that the government's attitude on the 2G scam was not to check corruption, but to cover it up.

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We hired these law makers to do the job, if he did good job which means people hired the right person for the job. But doesn't mean he can start looting the people's money and making whole country to even more poverty by every possible way of corruption. Whoever involve in corruption should not be a law maker. They must pay those money back to the government and go and stay at Tihar Jail in the right spot. Nothing more they should get until they die. If we keep saying this party did more corruption and that party did less corruption is not going to help for our country.

from:  Mohan
Posted on: Jul 7, 2011 at 09:19 IST

@ Suresh,: They made a loss of 45 B $ to the exchequer while bringing 1.9B tax. When India has people like you, all these kind of politicians dare to loot the people even more. Thanks for your support to the people.

from:  Rokee
Posted on: Jun 7, 2011 at 12:49 IST

It is well know that Mr. Maran has a great role in revolutionised Indian Mobile industry. So Maran can be considered as 'Corrupt but active leader' who has his contribution in Indian growth story. The kind of legal remunration which Indian polticians have, and the kind of expenses they need to do for poltical purpose, made them to fill the gap with corrupt money. There is need for fundamental change at implementation level for all work be it election as well.

from:  Rajan
Posted on: Jun 7, 2011 at 11:28 IST

Hallo Mr. Suresh Vijayan, Only if we, the people of India, agree to eradicate this menance of corruption out of the system, this saga of training guns on other political party or the so called leaders will continue. Let us(Indians) first accept that Corruption has now become a 'National Disease' of India. Unless we cleanse the system now it will be TOO LATE. Let us all fight to have the LOKPAL bill passed with real teeth to it. Untill then, let us not repect those tainted politicians who have not respected all of us who voted them to power and wasted all our money for their welfare.

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2011 at 10:55 IST

Rationalizing corruption has been the biggest problem in tackling the menace. I hope first and foremost everyone gets out of that mindset. Else there is going to be no successful movement against corruption. Including you, Mr. Suresh Vijayan. Lets come up with a little better argument rather than the one that you have raised. I appreciate the points you have raised, but to sum up let me say 'you missed the point'.

from:  AK
Posted on: Jun 7, 2011 at 10:28 IST

@Raj Maharaj : I totally agree with you, but remember one thing..Congress was toothless when these Mal-practices started because the DMK support was must need for UPA to survive on that time...and DMK ministers took advantage of the situation...and no one questioned them. After Morarji Desai, no one have guts to call-it-off if they were forced to tolerate the wrong-doing of the alliances.

from:  Ram R
Posted on: Jun 7, 2011 at 02:56 IST

Being a retired PSU employee, I am aware that all PSU/Govt employees alike are required compulsorily to declare their 'Assets & Liabilities' at the end of each year, during their career and such an annual statement/return needs to be updated/revised each year with acquisitions etc. Does such a rule apply to Ministers, Central & State? If so, what was declared as acquisitions during each year can be investigated into/verified. Why can't this be insisted upon, from Ministers as well, so that any disproportionate wealth/asset acquired would, merit an 'inquiry' as it pre-supposes declaration of 'source of funds'. If such a practice is not applicable to Ministers and such other 'super humans' why can't this practice be made applicable even now? My experience has been that most of the Govt servants do not necessarily comply and yet, no 'punitive' action is taken against them, and hence corrupt practices continue to thrive in our system. Large number of rules and regulations do exist to pre-empt corrupt actions but the lack of 'will' to take action and 'punish' offenders when caught, will only perpetuate the evil practices. Who will 'bell' the 'cat? is the question that looms large and needs to be answered.

from:  Sundara Rajan Krishnamurti
Posted on: Jun 5, 2011 at 01:53 IST

Mr. Maran drafted new telcom policies, he made 1 Re Calls, he was pro people! well some money being made is all OK! but he brought all companies to listen to people...

While we blame, we need to also look into what good he have done! today India boast 2nd largest mobile user, soon to surpass China, which is done by Mr. Maran, he made companies fight, well.. Mr. Siva is well known about his fraud well from Siva PC days and he shift sides as per needs...

Shri Dr. Joshi feels he is left out! he want to show something! but he must be constructive and not destructive...

Able ministers, either ruling to opposition must be there for our growth! am not Maran fan! but he did make India No. 2 in the world thus we have huge FDI and Vodafone paid 1.9B tax.

from:  Suresh Vijayan
Posted on: Jun 4, 2011 at 21:25 IST

The properties acquired by the corrupted politicians and officials should be confiscated, once proved . There should be a law which should have the provision to do this and to give them life imprisonment

Posted on: Jun 4, 2011 at 17:50 IST

As far as the UPA government is concerned, Mr.Maran like Mr.Raja is just one of the Ministers reporting to the Prime Minister. Yet the BJP trains its gun on the two thereby shielding the Prime Minister and the Cabinet from direct criticism on the 2G spectrum scam. It is surprising that a senior politician who had been a Central Minister could believe that the Telcom Minister could unulaterally take away the power to look into the various aspects of allocation of spectrum and policy of pricing from the Group of Ministers which had been assigned to do that job by the Prime Minister. Anyone who knows anything about our system of government would know that it would have been impossible for Mr.Maran to do so.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 4, 2011 at 12:07 IST

What a bad logic by Mr. Joshi. If Maran was able to change powers of GoM to himself, Mr. Maran should be given a Bharat Ratna. What were GoM doing when their powers were taken away easily as portrayed by Mr. Joshi. Why is Mr. Joshi speaking now about Maran this late in the game? Mr. Joshi being the head of PAC for 2G Scam has been sitting on all the information for atleast four to six months. brining Maran now ppears like a political score for Mr. Joshi. Idiots like Mr. Joshi are the root cause of attrocities committed by people like a Maran or a Kanimozhi

from:  Raj Maharaj
Posted on: Jun 4, 2011 at 07:45 IST
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