Chidambaram linked to 2G spectrum scam
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sends a report to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) linking former finance and present home minister P Chidambaram to the 2G spectrum scam based on a secret note on 2G pricing prepared by the then Union Finance Ministry.
The document on the allocation and pricing of 2G spectrum suggests that Chidambaram, who was Finance Minister at the time the spectrum was sold on a first come, first served basis by the former Telecom Minister, A. Raja, could have insisted that the valuable resource be auctioned.
The report says that DoT would have been forced to cancel the 2G licences had Chidambaram, as Finance Minister, stuck to his original demand for auctioning the initial ‘start-up spectrum’ of 4.4 MHz each allotted to the 2008 licensees.
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to order a CBI probe against Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his role in the sale of valuable spectrum at throwaway prices.