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Updated: January 22, 2012 14:42 IST

Swamy concludes argument against Chidambaram

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Subramanian Swamy said the evidence he had brought on court’s record prima facie show that Mr. Chidambaram is equally culpable as former Telecom Minister A. Raja. File photo
PTI Subramanian Swamy said the evidence he had brought on court’s record prima facie show that Mr. Chidambaram is equally culpable as former Telecom Minister A. Raja. File photo

A special court here on Saturday reserved its order for February 4 on summoning Home Minister P. Chidambaram to appear in court to face prosecution, after complainant Subramanian Swamy concluded his arguments. Dr. Swamy contended that he had built a prima facie case to prove that Mr. Chidambaram during his tenure as Finance Minister “colluded” with former Telecom Minister A. Raja.

“A. Raja and P. Chidambaram had committed the offence together. Prima facie Mr. Chidambaram had conspired and colluded with Mr. Raja to commit offence of criminal misconduct,” Dr. Swamy told Special Judge O. P. Saini. “It is clear that at this stage all I need to do is to show that evidence brought on record is sufficient to show that Mr. Chidambaram, at present not an accused in the case, has prima facie committed offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and other criminal laws.”

“Share dilution a trick”

Relying on the charges framed against 17 accused in the CBI's case relating to the scam by Mr. Saini on October 22 last, Dr. Swamy alleged that the dilution of shareholding by Swan Telecom and Unitech Wireless was a “trick.” “I can lean on the pillars that this court has provided through its order on framing of charges. The share dilution was a trick because it permitted licences also to be transferred,” Dr. Swamy said.

Pointing out that the Comptroller and Auditor- General of India in his report on the allocation of spectrum said that Mr. Chidambaram as the Finance Minister “should have insisted for a Cabinet decision,” Dr. Swamy argued that Mr. Chidambaram should have invoked the Transaction of Business Rules to refer the matter to the Cabinet. Deviating from his complaint, Dr. Swamy then remarked that recently Mr. Chidambaram had sought a Cabinet decision on the UIDAI controversy when the Home Ministry and the Planning Commission, under which the UID Authority falls, came into conflict.

“Since he [Mr. Chidambaram] had colluded, conspired and consented with Mr. Raja, he did not call for a Cabinet meeting, although Finance Ministry officers had kept Mr. Chidambaram apprised,” Dr. Swamy alleged. Dr. Swamy had recorded his statement on January 7 and placed on the court's record a number of certified documents on which he relied on Saturday to build his case.

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Unless and otherwise Chidambaram and Dayanidhi Maran are brought to
books by C B I and questioned for their involvement in the 2 G Scam the
same will likely go Bofors way. It is the responsibility of the
judiciary also to order C B I to question Chidambaram who has definitely
colluded with Raja when he was Finance Minister. This has been confirmed
by the Note prepared by Pranab Mukerji and sent to the Prime Minister
also. It is perplexing, why Manmohan Singh is silent over this matter
and creates doubt in peoples mind that he is trying to cover up Sonia.

from:  K. Sanckar
Posted on: Jan 22, 2012 at 21:14 IST

It looks like the 2G case is dying a slow death, this death being
orchestrated by those in power, directly or indirectly. People like
Swamy are trying their best to expose the corrupt and keep this in
focus. However, if Bofors is any indication, Swamy will lose the
battle. The 2G case will be much talked about, but no convictions will
happen. A few years later, all the accused will be discharged, and
corrupt will continue to rule. Long live "demogue-gracy" in India.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jan 22, 2012 at 10:10 IST
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