Friday, December 10, 2010
2G inquiry: BJP threatens action, Sibal retaliates
The 2G controversy has been growing by leaps and bounds everyday. It forced A Raja to resign as Telecom Minister last month, after he was blamed by the government's auditor for a 1.76 lakh crore scam - the result of a spectacularly faulty policy in allocation of 2G spectrum in 2008, according to the auditor's report. Mr Raja's residences have been raided earlier this week; his closest aides have been questioned by the CBI.
Parliament has been paralysed this entire winter session over the politics of the 2G scam. The Opposition wants a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to study the scam. The government says this is impossible. Sources say that with key states like Tamil Nadu voting in a few months, the government worries that a JPC will be used by the Opposition to embarrass the government, and to summon the Prime Minister to explain his government's telecom policies.