October 13th, 2011
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Why was the PM’s letter ignored?: SC

A-rajaNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has demanded a response as to why the centre had not taken any action on the November 2, 2007 letter written by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the then Telecom Minister A Raja. The letter of the Prime Minister had suggested “introduction of a transparent methodology of auction” for spectrum allocation.

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu opined that the whole scam could have been prevented had timely action been taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion, instead of allowing Mr. Raja to follow the first come, first served policy. The apex court was hearing the bail applications of Unitech Wireless managing director Sanjay Chandra and Swan Telecom director Vinod Goenka, accused in the 2G case.

Justice Singhvi told Additional Solicitor-General Harin P Raval, “The charge sheet contains a date, November 2, 2007, which is a crucial date. Everybody knows about that date and you [CBI] also know that. The Head of the Government [Prime Minister] writes a letter [to Mr. Raja] that spectrum is a scarce commodity and it should be auctioned. The Minister did not agree. The Finance Department also objected to it. Do you think the government was not aware of what was going on?”

Justice Singhvi opined that the valuable time of various institutions were wasted and such matters could have been easily prevented.



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