शुक्रवार, 16 सितंबर 2011

Chidambaram and Robert Vadra TOO ??

Published: Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011, 0:13 IST
By Kumar Chellappan | Place: Chennai | Agency: DNA

The list of accused in the second generation mobile telephony spectrum scam is swelling by the day and may have two more high profile names.

Janata Party president and the brain behind the case, Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said Union home minister P Chidambaram and son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra, too are involved in the multi-crore scam.

Also, DMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister’s wife and daughter, who were recently quizzed, too, may be included as accused by the CBI, he told reporters in Chennai.

Meanwhile, the CBI has refused to comment on the allegations. “There is nothing we have to say at the moment,” a senior CBI official said.

Adopting a cautious approach, even BJP decided not to react. A senior BJP leader said the party will not react at this juncture. “It can be true. But we will have to verify the veracity of the allegations,” the leader said.

“Vadra has 20% stake in Unitech, one of the telecom operators which benefited through the allocation of second generation mobile telephony spectrum by former union minister A Raja. He is the beneficiary of illegal payments generated through the spectrum scam and Commonwealth Games contracts ,” Swamy said.

“The prime minister had asked Chidambaram, then the finance minister, to sit with Raja and decide the price at which the second generation mobile telephony spectrum could be sold. The duo decided to sell spectrum at 2001 prices, causing huge loss to the government. Moreover, Chidambaram did not inform the prime minister about the decision till 2008,” Swamy said.

He said Chidambaram was informed by the then home minister Sivaraj Patil that Etisalat and Telenor, two foreign telecom players, should not be allowed to operate in India. “Etisalat had links with the Pakistani spy agency ISI and Dawood Ibrahim while Telenor had Chinese links. Chidambaram did not tell Raja about this information. Later also when he took over as the home minister, he kept the information to himself,” Swamy said.

The Janata Party president said he would approach the prime minister seeking permission to include Chidambaram as an accused in the second generation mobile telephony spectrum case after the Tamil Nadu assembly election. “It will be better for Chidambaram to resign by that time,” he said.’

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