The former Telecom Secretary, D.S. Mathur, was part of all decisions on the 2G spectrum allocation, Union Telecom Minister A. Raja said on Saturday.

“Mathur was part and parcel of all discussions and decisions. The note and file were also signed by him on November 7, 2007,” Mr. Raja told reporters here, disputing Mr. Mathur's claim that his recommendation that the spectrum be allotted through auction to ensure transparency was ignored.

“I had also said the spectrum was limited, therefore only a limited number of licences should be given,” Mr. Mathur told PTI in Bhopal.

Mr. Raja said suggestions on the likely availability of spectrum were also useful in arriving at the cut-off date of September 25, 2007 for the allocation of the airwaves. However, he did not specify who had made the suggestions.

Asked whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would ask him to resign, Mr. Raja said the question was “fictitious.” “I have full confidence in myself. Whatever I did, I did exactly in accordance with the law. I will prove that these types of perceptions [his role in the alleged scam] are wrong.”

He said the media's reaction should not be “unilateral and motivated.”

As for the CBI inquiry, Mr. Raja said there was no probe against him, and the law would take its own course.

To a question on AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa asking the people to send telegrams to the President demanding his dismissal, he “thanked” her for ensuring revenue to the Department of Posts.


Telecom Minister Raja resigns from CabinetNovember 14, 2010

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