Sunday, April 3, 2011

2G Spectrum Charge Sheet Has Left Out Core Issues: Jaitley

Thiruvananthapuram : BJP today said the CBI charge sheet in the 2G spectrum case had left out "core issues" without significantly dealing with loss to the exchequer and alleged that the timetable of investigation was influenced by the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Arun Jaitley, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said, "The charge sheet has left out the core issues.  The issue of loss to the exchequer on account of allotting spectrum at 2001 price in 2008 has not been significantly dealt with."

Saying that there were serious allegations of favour shown to DMK, a UPA partner, he told a meet-the-press programme here that the timetable of investigation was influenced by the Tamil Nadu polls.

"I think CBI has bent backwards a little bit. They repeatedly said the Prime Minister was defied or misled. I don't think the charge sheet should give a political clean chit to anybody. It should deal with criminality," Jaitley, who was here to campaign for BJP candidates, said.

Jaitley said CBI had acted under legal compulsions as it was mandatory to file the charge sheet within 60 days after starting the investigation.

Claiming that "huge evidences" about large sums of money being transferred to the DMK channel (Kalaignar TV) had surfaced during the probe, he said there was no reason to postpone such vital issues.

Asked if he thought CBI had been politically influenced to leave out issues relating to DMK, he noted that CBI itself had taken up the case only after the Supreme Court intervention.

The investigating agency should avoid doing anything that would vindicate the charge of acting on political considerations, he said.

The CBI charge sheet filed in a Delhi court yesterday said former Telecom Minister A Raja had conspired with top bureaucrats, including a retired IAS officer, and corporate honchos in allocation of 2G spectrum that resulted in a loss of Rs 30,984 crore.

Raja was chargesheeted along with eight others and three Telecom companies in the scam. PTI


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