The AIADMK has hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his alleged role in the allocation of 2G spectrum during the UPA-I rule.
The party’s lone representative in the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on allocation and pricing of telecom licences and 2G spectrum during 1998-2009, M. Thambidurai, said in his dissent note that was appended to the main report of the committee that the “…Prime Minister committed an unpardonable crime by becoming a mute spectator to this grand loot of the nation.”
“[The] JPC, which was formed to bring out the entire truth, became a tool to cover up the truth to save the perpetrators of the 2G scam,” he said.
The CAG’s finding that there was a huge loss, of the order of Rs.1.76 lakh crores, to the public exchequer was very accurate. In its bid to cover up the truth, the JPC did not give an opportunity to several witnesses who might have spilled the beans about the role of high-profile persons in the government like the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.
Mr. Thambidurai alleged that the “stamp of the Finance Minister is evident” in the Aircel-Maxis deal, the dubious dual policy and allocation of 122 telecom licences in collusion with the then Telecom Ministers Dayanidhi Maran and A. Raja.