2G scam probe sub judice: CongressSeptember 23rd, 2011 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) The Congress Friday defended union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, whose resignation has been demanded by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, and said the matter was sub judice as a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was looking into telecom policy from 1998-2010.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said: “The matter should be left to the wisdom of the JPC, which has representation from all sides of political spectrum.”
He said the telecom sector, which has been a success story in liberalised Indian economy, has been “the most litigated sector” and “each nuance of telecom policy was in court”.
“Without undermining the privilege of the JPC, we can also raise questions to counter the queries being raised by the BJP,” said Tewari.
The Congress spokesperson asked: “Why the spirit of the national telecom policy was violated by the NDA regime and why universal access licence system was ushered in by it?”
The BJP has asked for Chidambaram’s resignation citing a note from the finance ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office that he could have stopped the 2G spectrum sale. Chidambaram was holding the finance portfolio in 2008.
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